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cathexis

cathexis  

In psychoanalysis, the emotional charge associated with an instinct (3), or the process of investing psychic energy in a part of the body or an instinctual object. The Austrian physician Josef Breuer ...
hydraulic theory

hydraulic theory  

Any theory based on liquid in motion or under pressure, either literally as in certain theories of hearing, or figuratively as in the economic aspects of psychoanalysis that are more correctly called ...
metapsychology

metapsychology  

The study of the underlying conceptual questions or principles of psychology. The term was first used in psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) to denote his own theory of psychology, especially ...
principle of constancy

principle of constancy  

In psychoanalysis, the proposition that the quantity of psychic energy within the mental apparatus remains constant, regulation being achieved through discharge of excess energy in abreaction and ...
quota of affect

quota of affect  

In psychoanalysis, a quantity of instinctual energy that remains constant despite displacement and various qualitative transformations that it undergoes. It is an economic concept related to the ...
Schreber case

Schreber case  

A virtuosic case study in psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), entitled ‘Psycho-Analytic Notes on an Autobiographical Account of a Case of Paranoia (Dementia Paranoides)’ (1911, Standard ...

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