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Ego cathexis: a kind or quality of energy that is the bearer of the essence of selfness.
35) One recalls Adorno's figure of "abstract selfness in extremis"--"that grinding of the teeth which says nothing but I, I, I," manifesting "the same nothingness that the self becomes in death.
Third, Dillard's exact noticing combines with exact expression to situate the passage in a tradition which privileges inner selfness as both the spring of artistic activity and the starting-point of ontological reckoning.
Both sides of the soul's development, externalization and inwardization, are teleologically directed toward the full sublation of soul into conscious selfness or Egoity: