Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Thursday, December 13, 2012 – cathexis
Posted on 12/13/2012 4:44:27 AM PST by secret garden
In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".
cathexis \kuh-THEK-sis\ noun
investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea
"The veil that hides Laura and her eyes, her hair, her smile (and its counterpart, the glove that veils her hand) becomes the object of Petrarch's cathexis...."
From an essay by Margaret Brose in the 2010 book The Body in Early Modern Italy
"The plot of this French film diverges from ... most American film we are force-fed in that it deals powerfully with subject matter that counts. It treats an almost unrecognized aspect of WWII in Europe, eliciting a strong cathexis from the viewer, who learns so much that he never knew before this celluloid feast."
From an article by Marion DS Dreyfus in American Thinker, April 8, 2012
You might suspect that "cathexis" derives from a word for "emotion," but in actuality the key concept is "holding." "Cathexis" comes to us by way of New Latin (Latin as used after the medieval period in scientific description or classification) from the Greek word "kathexis," meaning "holding." It can ultimately be traced back (through "katechein," meaning "to hold fast, occupy") to the Greek verb "echein," meaning "to have" or "to hold." "Cathexis" first appeared in print in 1922 in a book about Freud's psychological theories (which also established the plural as "cathexes," as is consistent with Latin), and it is still often used in scientific and specifically psychological contexts.
The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)
Practice makes perfect.....post on....
Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate
WFB's attempt to emulate us ; ) No pushing at the door please!
Rise and shine!
Having some coffee cathexis right now to help me get my cathexis going for the day so I can deal with my credit card bills cathexis later in the month.
My Intensely Morose Cathexis over the State of My Nation is in Dire Need of some kind of catharsis.
Have you met my mystical Siamese, Doctor Strange? Every day, this cathexis another dog in the neighbourhood. Some dog owners are quite annoyed.
To rise and shine.
To have and hold.
To cathexis and catharsis.
And then to work, all necessary morning ablutions completed.
A for you. You owe, you owe, so off to work you go!
Arrrrrrrrggggggggghhhhhhhh! (And thanks for the ribbon.)
Plus, they just annoy you to no end. A+ for you.
I do find it hilarious. Jeb said something stupid in a fit of RINOness. Sorry Charlie quoted him accurately. Now Jeb turns around and whines.
See what happens when you give aid and comfort to the enemy, Mr. Bush?
Barack has become my cathexis
Everything that he does truly vexes
If taxes go higher
I’ll move and retire
And hope for secession in Texas
I suppose if I were like Ron Swanson and had married and divorced two women with the same name, and their names were “Cathy,” then they would be my Cathexes.
A++ for you because I love Texas.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.