cathexis

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From Ancient Greek κάθεξις (kathexis, "holding, retention"). The term entered the English language as a translation for the common everyday German word Besetzung, which in the context of psychoanalysis means "occupation" in the sense of a position or something being occupied or filled, and not a military occupation of a place or the filling of job positions (although it can also mean either of these in other contexts). (In English translations, a Greek word was used to be more scientific.)

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cathexis (plural cathexes)

  1. (psychoanalysis) The concentration of libido or emotional energy on a single object or idea.

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