Entry: cathexis (n.)
In context: "In for instance an analytic model, the types of traumas of counterphobic reactions cover are almost always pre-Oedipal, at which stage objects' cathexis is Oedipal and symbolic."
Definition: The concentration or accumulation of mental energy in a particular channel.
Other: I would have bet I'd already covered this word. The usage reminds me of several of the literary theory courses I took in grad school and my generally mixed feelings. Anyways, here's an interesting etymology:
Etymology: < Greek κάθεξις holding, retention; intended as a rendering of German (libido)besetzung (Freud).
SNOOT score: 2
Source: Oxford English Dictionary