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anticathexis

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noun an·ti·ca·thex·is \-kə-ˈthek-səs, -ka-\

Medical Definition of anticathexis

plural

anticathexes

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  1. :  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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