CATHEXIS By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 Psychoanalytic theory. Attaching emotion to an object such as a wish, fantasy, goal, idea. These objects are said to be cathected. See anticathexis- decathexis- ego cathexis- object cathexis. CATHEXIS: "Joe showed cathexis by wishing he had a large house with a pool." Related Psychology Terms CATHEXIS OBJECT LOVE GENITALIZATION BAD OBJECT PHALLIC MOTHER VAGINA DENTATA SEXUAL OBJECT FIXATION FETISH LATENT CONTENT Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "CATHEXIS," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/cathexis-2/ (accessed February 28, 2020).