< /kəˈθɛk siz/. Psychoanalysis.
- the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea.
- the charge of psychic energy so invested.
noun plural -thexes (-ˈθɛksiːz)
- psychoanal concentration of psychic energy on a single goal
1922, from Latinized form of Greek kathexis “holding, retention,” from PIE root *segh- “to hold” (see scheme (n.)). Used by psychologists to render Freud’s (libido)besetzung.
n. pl. ca•thex•es (-thĕk′sēz)
- Concentration of emotional energy on an object or idea.