In psychoanalysis, the shifting of an emotional charge to an impulse or action of an opposite character; e.g., unconscious hatred expressed as conscious love. SYN: counterinvestment.

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an·ti·ca·thex·is -kə-'thek-səs, -ka- n, pl -thex·es -.sēz the transfer of mental or emotional energy from an impulse to one of an opposite kind <fear of suffocation may be expressed by way of \anticathexis in the words „free to breathe”>

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an·ti·ca·thex·is (an″te-) (an″ti-kə-thekґsis) [anti- + cathexis] in psychoanalytic theory, the energy required for the ego to maintain repression of unacceptable ideas and impulses.

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