Cathexes and Chaos
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Having discussed the three primaries of action, stillness, repetition and inconsistency, our next concern will be to consider methods of manoeuvring between these primaries. Freud's term, cathexis, can be brought in here. Cathexis is analogous to an electrical charge or a switch: it signifies choice or appropriation. There is object-cathexis-an object choice occurring at an early stage of a child's development, and then there is ego-cathexis-where a choice is made with some degree of decision by the subject at a later stage of development. And then there is also anti-cathexis - which refers to the suppression of choice.