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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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From an integrative standpoint, the internal dialogues taking place between the self and introjects (i.
But the child is shamed and punished for exhibiting that shadow, so he introjects the parental judgments and develops another behavior set, that of self-blame and inhibition (which becomes another shadow--call it the Shameful One).
To put a Lacanian spin on this, Malgas introjects or ingests the symbolic order.
An accelerated process of individuation (49) due to separation from parents (primary love objects), under the assimilation policy, perhaps intensified external projection of these serial introjects, as immortal generations of idealized relations who are invested with eternal agency.
She at once introjects narratives of Hollywood-its star system, its scripts, its conventions of image and character--and projects generically inflected narratives upon the object of her desire, Camilla Rhodes (Laura Elena Harring).
Themes of mourning, loss, and melancholy reverberate in The Rough Field and those 'shards of a lost tradition' are shown by Batten to be also absent figures, the missing father and mother, who become like the 'shadows' of Montague's famous childhood dolmens, consisting of the 'dark permanence' of psychoanalytic introjects.
According to Erikson our future identity formation requires such introjects and identifications.
The child introjects a familial environment, which implies that there is always someone present; therefore, the child becomes gradually able to be actually alone.
While "men" and "women" will almost always be imagined as distinct human "groups," the other paired terms can describe many different things: traits, narratives, introjects.
One writer for the SoHo Weekly News described Fox 2 in December 1975 as "over 150 pages of printed black ve rbal vomit introjects that were obviously force-fed, but remain unassimilated or digested by the manic word-worshippers contributing their written participation to the muddled, Marxian ideological intent of the fanatical Fox.