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."
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