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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.


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


(ˌɪn trəˈdʒɛk ʃən)

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]
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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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Investigation has shown that fuller language development and these imaginary friendships often run in parallel; at three years of age a child can already be projecting or introjecting an interior double, and by five and a half years this development can reach an early peak of elaboration.
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Far from being insulated against the mighty historical events and forces swirling round it, and far from being marginalized and superseded by new styles of theater, The Elder Statesman reacts resourcefully to the latter, partially introjecting these styles and then directing them, plus itself, and the larger tradition in which it casts them, against the contemporary depredations of political history.
they are] ways of ingesting or introjecting various non-human entities .
What matters is the attempt to potentialize life by introjecting death into life.