OBJECT CATHEXIS By Nugent, Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 with regard to psychoanalytic theory, the investment of libido or psychic energy in items outlying of the individual, like an individual, objective, concept, or activity. Commonly referred to as item libido. OBJECT CATHEXIS: "The object cathexis's of all people are not at all equal." Related Psychology Terms CATHEXIS OBJECT CHOICE PART-OBJECT PHALLIC STAGE LIBIDO BOUND ENERGY MORTIDO FREE ENERGY PARANOID-SCHIZOID POSITION ANTICATHEXIS Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "OBJECT CATHEXIS," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/object-cathexis/ (accessed June 22, 2017).