DECATHEXIS By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 Psychoanalytic theory. The withdrawal of libido from objects in the external world. Compare caihexis. DECATHEXIS: "Decathexis involves taking the sexuality away from an object that is not a person." Related Psychology Terms GENITALIZATION OBJECT CATHEXIS CATHEXIS INTERNAL BOUNDARY OBJECT CHOICE INTROJECTION PREGENITAL ORGANIZATION PREGENITAL PHASE MORTIDO SEXUAL INSTINCT 1 Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "DECATHEXIS," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/decathexis/ (accessed January 17, 2021).