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An unconscious defense mechanism in which one incorporates characteristics of another person or object into one's own psyche.
[German Introjektion : Latin intrō-, intro- + Latin -iectiō, -iectiōn-, throwing (from iactus, past participle of iacere, to throw; see inject).]
1. (Psychology) (intr) (esp of a child) to incorporate ideas of others, or (in fantasy) of objects
2. (Psychology) to turn (feelings for another) towards oneself
Past participle: introjected
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|Noun||1.||introject - (psychoanalysis) parental figures (and their values) that you introjected as a child; the voice of conscience is usually a parent's voice internalized|
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
value - an ideal accepted by some individual or group; "he has old-fashioned values"
|Verb||1.||introject - incorporate (attitudes or ideas) into one's personality unconsciously|
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"