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In psychoanalysis, cathexis of the ego by ego instincts, in contrast to narcissism, which is cathexis of the ego by sexual instincts. Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) drew this distinction in 1915/17 in ‘A Metapsychological Supplement to the Theory of Dreams’ (Standard Edition, XIV, pp. 217–36, at p. 223).

Subjects: Psychology.


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