Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1_million_words,
Lizet Elaine

Word of the Day 5/16/14 Cathexis

Cathexis (noun)
ca·thex·is [kuh-thek-sis]

noun, plural ca·thex·es [kuh-thek-seez] Psychoanalysis.
1. the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea.
2. the charge of psychic energy so invested.

Origin: 1920–25; < Neo-Latin < Greek káthexis a keeping, equivalent to kathek- (variant stem of katéchein to keep, hold on to, equivalent to cat cat- + échein to have, hold) + -sis -sis, as translation of German Besetzung a taking possession of (Freud's term)

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.
Tags: daily: word of the day
  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded