Medical Definition of anticathexis
plural anticathexes \-ˌsēz\play
: diversion of mental energy by the ego to block undesirable or objectionable impulses of the id from entering the consciousness : suppression of cathexis by the ego <Anticathexis causes a displacement from a guilt- or anxiety-provoking object or event to one that does not cause guilt or anxiety.—B. R. Hergerhahn, An Introduction to the History of Psyschology, 2009>—called also countercathexis
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