WOW: decathect


This week’s Word of the Week is: decathect.

distanceTo decathect is to withdraw one’s self emotionally from something or someone in anticipation of losing it.

I suppose of this would largely depend on how accurate this anticipation is.  But even if it’s entirely accurate, I’m not sure if it’s entirely a good thing.

Even if the future loss is an absolutely sure thing, is it really healthy to deny one’s self what possible emotional benefits one might have left in order to avoid the pain of losing it?

And, particularly is the object is another person, it’s potentially cruel to that person to decathect one’s self from him or her.

About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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