an·​ti·​ca·​thex·​is -kə-ˈthek-səs, -ka- How to pronounce anticathexis (audio)
plural anticathexes -ˌsēz How to pronounce anticathexis (audio)
: 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

called also countercathexis

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“Anticathexis.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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