Definition: Decathect; (Pronounced: dee-kuh-THEKT) Greek; verb
1. To withdraw one's feelings of attachment from (a person, idea, or object), as in anticipation of a future loss.
Why I love this word:
This may be how some cope when negative life changing events occur to them. A loved one passes, they go through a breakup or lose a friendship. They have already been through this hurt and don't want to go through it again, so they almost become cynical and non-believing for future events. It's a defense mechanism: shielding yourself from the one thing that hurts more than physical pain; emotional pain.
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