The Buddhist term for all this is attachment, yet that is such a vague, indiscriminate concept that this is an area where Buddhism has much to learn from psychotherapy.
this is on page 14 of David Loy's book Lack and Transcendence.
Can attachment (point nine on the traditional twelve-link chain of dependent origination) be fairly described as a "vague, indiscriminate concept"?
If so, is psychotherapy (Loy is particularly interested in existential psychoanalysis ala O. Rank, R. May or H. Becker) a suitable archive to draw on in specifying this concept?