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(psychoanalysis) the process of investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea

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Transient cathexes, which cause all territories limited and marked by codes to disappear in their wake

—p.179 Energumen Capitalism (163) by Jean-François Lyotard
6 years, 7 months ago

cathecting onto the destiny of labor of something foreign to it, a general learnedness


—p.161 by McKenzie Wark
4 years, 6 months ago

to name something as a crime is not just to announce its prohibition, but to confer on that act a libidinal cathexis: transgression is sexy

on suicide

—p.171 Part III: The 1930s (123) by Stuart Jeffries
6 years, 8 months ago

the explicit de-cathexis of the "nice house, nice family" picture that bourgeois culture is still capable of projecting as ideal

—p.61 What Are the Politics of Boredom? (Ballard 2003 Remix) (57) by Mark Fisher
5 years, 5 months ago

Auto-eroticism must thus be distinguished from what Freud will call 'narcissism', a state in which one's body or ego as a whole is 'cathected', or taken as an object of desire.

—p.154 Psychoanalysis (151) by Terry Eagleton
6 years, 7 months ago

Alice Miller's The Drama of the Gifted Child, in which the good child has been made to develop a false self by parents who cathect the child narcissistically

Me and My Shadow by Jane Tompkins
5 years, 4 months ago

When I whipped him gently with my sash, he made me say the cathected words. The cathected words! he'd beg.

—p.79 by Mark Leyner
4 months ago

This doesn’t obviate the fact that such sadistic cathexis was shoved into the public sphere in the first place:

—p.22 On Social Saidsm (17) by China Miéville
2 years, 6 months ago

Lenore's own private well of emotional cathex

not entirely sure of the meaning here

—p.60 5 (57) by David Foster Wallace
6 years, 11 months ago

that's why everybody should pay attention to it: because everybody's fighting about it. It is a culturally cathected term.


—p.113 Writing the Life Postmodern (112) by Curtis White
6 years, 8 months ago

he could perform cathexis

probably has a manif-specific meaning here but I assume the general idea is the same

—p.26 The Last Days of New Paris (1) by China Miéville
7 years ago

It is about cathecting enough other people and enough of the world

in an email to Robert K Bolger, on AA (in Gesturing Toward Reality p45)

—p.119 Narcissism, Alienation, and Commun(al)ity (111) by David Foster Wallace
6 years, 11 months ago

it is still unclear why work should be cathected in the first place

—p.12 The Role of Theory (1) by Theodor W. Adorno
6 years, 5 months ago