Meaning of cathexis

ca•thex•is

Pronunciation: (ku-thek'sis), [key]
— pl. -thex•es
  1. the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea.
  2. the charge of psychic energy so invested.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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