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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, in the first new attempt by a woman to use Freud's drive theory to explain female development in well over half a century, practitioner Holmes presents a new hypothesis about the way girls use introjection in the case of parental figures to separate from powerful early objects.
What makes sculpture (or maybe, as it turns out, theater) so evocative in this way has specifically to do with some peculiarities of introjection.
Incorporation parallels Real experience; introjection the Imaginary; and identification the Symbolic.
Introjection reflects the beginning of an interiorization of worth, without presupposing a personalized control.
23) In this context the values of enlightenment and progress were bound up with the introjection of a universlist discourse into ethnic identity.
Psychoanalysis considers the early infantile differentiation of inside and outside to be at the root of the projection and introjection defense mechanisms.
People feel a great need to assign fault, and in depression, the introjection of their anger and hate is the motor that drives the disease.
The "superego," the third major part of the psyche, is an introjection of parental and societal morals which acts as a counterbalance to the wishes of the id.
In this instance, the identification is an introjection, understood in the psychoanalytic sense as the appropriating and the taking into the self those desirable qualities found in an external object.
A father who shows extrinsic motivation by introjection interacts with his children to please other family members or to avoid conflict (e.
Loretta's introjection of the debris of the tuner city is evident in her juxtaposition of sentences: "I don't really look like this, I look a different way.
Identification and introjection were of particular interest because of their usefulness in explaining the deeper psychological processes involved in assimilation.