In psychoanalysis, anticathexis, or countercathexis, is the energy used by the ego to bind the primitive impulses of the Id. Sometimes the ego follows the instructions of the superego in doing so; sometimes however it develops a double-countercathexis, so as to block feelings of guilt and anxiety deriving from the superego, as well as id impulses.
Repression and isolation
- Otto Fenichel, The Psychoanalytic Theory of Neurosis (London 1946) p. 42
- Fenichel, p. 132 and p. 479
- Fenichel, p. 155
- Sigmund Freud, On Psychopathology (PFL 10) p. 318
- R. Boothby, Freud as Philosopher (2001) p. 77
- J. Laplanche/J.-B. Pontalis, The Language of Psychoanalysis (2012)