anticathexis

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

Medical Definition of anticathexis

: 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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