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- (transitive, psychology) To focus one's emotional energies on someone or something.
- 2013, Carroll E. Izard, Human Emotions, page 193:
- Apparently it is possible for an individual to cathect any person, object, idea, or image. Of considerable importance to a possible analogy between cathexis and the emotion of interest, is Freud's notion that an individual can cathect thought or thinking as well as attention and perception.