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in·tro·jec·tion

 (ĭn′trə-jĕk′shən)
n.
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.

introjection

(ˌɪntrəˈdʒɛkʃən)
n
(Psychology) psychol the act or process of introjecting
[C20: from intro- + (pro)jection]
ˌintroˈjective adj

in•tro•jec•tion

(ˌɪn trəˈdʒɛk ʃən)

n.
an unconscious psychic process by which a person incorporates into his or her own psychic apparatus the characteristics of another person or object.
[1916; < German]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.introjection - (psychoanalysis) the internalization of the parent figures and their values; leads to the formation of the superego
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"
internalisation, internalization, incorporation - learning (of values or attitudes etc.) that is incorporated within yourself
2.introjection - (psychology) unconscious internalization of aspects of the world (especially aspects of persons) within the self in such a way that the internalized representation takes over the psychological functions of the external objects
internalisation, internalization, incorporation - learning (of values or attitudes etc.) that is incorporated within yourself
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
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Fairbairn's description of the obsessive-compulsive's manipulation of a capricious external world by introjecting both unconditionally bad objects and compensatory good objects appears to indicate fluidity between internal and external domains.
Here, immunization is a violent process of introjecting the other into the self, transforming both the self and other in the name of "negating, at least in part, its constitutive 'otherness'" (Doma, 2006, page 58).
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First, the process of introjecting and projecting human relationships does not seem necessarily to lead to a divinity.