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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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This heroic ego is trapped in a mire of conditioned beliefs, arrested developments, unrecognized introjections, and surrounded by its own projections--it has not yet awakened from its "anaesthetized slumber of subjectivism" (61), preoccupied with itself.
Whereas introjections found the possibility of metaphorical signification, incorporation is antimetaphorical precisely because it maintains the loss as radically unnameable; in other words, incorporation is not only a failure to name or avow the loss, but erodes the conditions of the metaphorical signification itself" (Butler 68).
However, an in-depth analysis has shown that political divisions, sectarian introjections and animosities have not been attenuated or tempered by the electoral system.
Participants initially attached themselves to and found comfort in the rational part of their role and detached from the complex dynamics of working with their introjections and received projections.
In the following section, I turn to an additional issue that raises concerns for the achievement of sustainable development in the city, that is, the recent introjections of climate change adaptation and mitigation as the primary frame from which to consider sustainable development in the city.
In contrast to all of the ways that the word is not the thing, and the ways that inferential statements get inattentively carried over into observation and our reactions, I think that Johnson's (and Langer's) important contribution to our understanding is that even at the level of the not-words we always already have introjections of inferential data.
Thus it is that our introjections can come to disquiet statues as well.
The fantasized intimacy of death has replaced failed collectivities: whatever psychological satisfactions and benefits Giorgio might have found in Croce's destroyed collectivities he must find among his introjections and his jumbled selves.
17] One of the visible results of this resistance to middle-class rules of gendered self-representation and the introjections of otherness to create a new, oppositional identity for youth was a stylistic tendency toward androgyny.
Affected by the imagos intertwined in a play of negative transferences(16) that bring the past onto the present, Agustin displaces his ancient imagos, the representations that fix the experiences of brutality acquired by previous introjections excluded from his consciousness, onto Edwina.