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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).]

in′tro·ject′ v.


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
Gerund: introjecting

I introject
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Present Continuous
I am introjecting
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Present Perfect
I have introjected
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Past Continuous
I was introjecting
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Past Perfect
I had introjected
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I will introject
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Future Perfect
I will have introjected
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Future Continuous
I will be introjecting
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been introjecting
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been introjecting
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been introjecting
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I would introject
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Past Conditional
I would have introjected
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
Verb1.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"
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As Gianni Vattimo states, "In order to defend ourselves we must in fact introject others' perceptions of us, making our calculations accordingly; in the struggle for survival, mimicry, camouflage is a crucial instrument.
have histories of absent, abusive, or emotionally unavailable fathers, and the resulting lack of an adequate paternal introject, or at best a positive identification, renders the person perpetually trapped in a dyadic relationship with the mother where there is no possibility of another/third perspective" (Aggress.
Dracula's alleged attack, moreover, solidifies the link between them, and in her willingness to introject the Other Mina becomes open to the radical alterity of the Other.
They reported how they continuously, subjectively introject the objective (normative) role.
I quote these recurrent fantasies of the beloved as dead or decaying to suggest that Sarah may be less a "projection of H himself" (Robinson 147), than his introject, the lost object preserved by melancholy ("endless sorrow"), the ghost held close within.
They may introject the reactions of these others to the elements, and thus the presence and valuation they accord the elements may be the result of this introjection, as Regis (2004) has proposed for the Jamaican and Caribbean reggae culture in the 1970s.
The conclusion is reached that people do not so much use lavatories as actively inhabit or introject them, highlighting a general ignorance in our lives about the role such places habitually play.
Individuals' level of trust in government is associated with their ability to introject the equity and safety they crave as genuine realities existing independently in the universe and beyond.
If the words the child speaks nail the world in place, expressing the being of objects, and objects obey the definitions we offer, then, by extension, we introject this sense of language's ability to guarantee the phenomenal world's stability, reading off of it our sense that language can name and guarantee the integrity of our "inner reality.
3) They may unconsciously introject those persons' or associations' values.
Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme, which was first staged in Dublin in 1985, seemed to capture that new mood, for in it a playwright from the staunchly republican county of Donegal set out to confront 'my own bigotry' and to introject his unionist Other.
It appeared that she had never formed, or had been unable to retain, a stable introject of the protecting mother, essential to developing a secure and separate self.