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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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However, although Bioy's Latin American Narrator objectifies Faustine, idealizes her, and introjects her, he never finds any productive way to fuse her with himself.
Identity is formed in the crucible of the family, where parental introjects become a model for the child's development and can be rejected as an adolescent or adult as individuals shape their own identity.
This anxiety renders subjects passive in the face of violence and insecurity: in the name of securing the subject, resilience introjects violence into the structure of subjectivity.
She explains what ego states are and their diagnosis; foundational interventions for accessing positive states, creating safe places and internal caregivers, and working with infant and child states; and problem-specific interventions for trauma, relationship challenges, personality disorders, suicidal ideation, and cultural, familial, and abuse-related introjects, with case examples.
From an integrative standpoint, the internal dialogues taking place between the self and introjects (i.
provided that the mother is really looking at the unique, small, helpless being and not projecting her own introjects on to the child.
The other chair can give voice to a foetus, a pet, an adopted child, God, a higher self with a more clear understanding of purpose, a lost friend, or many other ego states or introjects that directly relate.
The child introjects the traumatizer's powerful qualities.
with growing memory skills, increasing synthetic ability of the ego, manageable amounts of constitutional aggression, and the predominance of 'good' introjects, the two contradictory self-images are mended.
For instance, a student who gets to class on time to avoid feeling guilty is regulated by introjects (Deci et al.
Psychotic denial, psychotic introjects, projection, and pathologic enmeshments are examples of these failures.
As we develop our sense of ourselves as differentiated from the other (including the ultimate Other), we internalize introjects of the other (including the "image of God") and in doing so are progressively alienated from the Real experience (and the Ineffable God).