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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.
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(Psychology) psychol the act or process of introjecting
[C20: from intro- + (pro)jection]
ˌintroˈjective adj
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(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, individuals with lower levels of education applied more passive strategies such as introjection.
Although there are several characteristics of the online disinhibition effect, three in particular--solipsistic introjection, dissociative imagination and dissociative anonymity --may help to better understand the phenomenon of unconscious extramarital attachment (and, in turn, marital detachment) that often occurs.
We can learn to make a difference between commitment and identification or even introjection. While a real commitment to the thoughts presented by one's own school will never hinder us if we are also committed to our own thinking and gaining of our own voice, but introjection is.
The AMS comprises 28 items that measure motivation using seven sub domains of motivation: Amotivation (AMOT), Extrinsic Motivation External Regulation (EMER), Extrinsic Motivation Introjection (EMIN), Extrinsic Motivation Identification (EMID), Intrinsic Motivation to Accomplish (IMTA), Intrinsic Motivation to Know (IMTK), and Intrinsic Motivation to Stimulate (IMTS).
The generation of the eighties felt Lezama's exclusion from the public sphere as a loss, which they palliated through the introjection of Lezamian tropes and poetics.
On the other hand, Hoja's imagining may be identified as projection in the psychoanalytic sense: he displaces "what is intolerable inside into the outside world/the West, thus as a refusal to know," and introjection of what is threatening in the external world so as to contain and manage it" ( Ahiska, 366).
The grandiosity associated with self estimations are reaction formations to early introjection of projected parental shame.
Il faut concevoir une introjection des appareils telle qu'il a fallu a Merleau-Ponty developper une Luvre considerable pour contourner l'innervation du corps par la perspective artificielle et retrouver quelque chose comme une "perspective naturelle", redecouverte par la phenomenologie de la perception.
Here, the negotiation of narcissistic and socialistic tendencies may be viewed as setting up a transitory space, what I call a 'shame-space', that augments emotional ties between self and object (whether L, K or H) as they interact through cycles of projection and introjection. Ordinarily this leads to states of self-correction, healthy self-adjustment and a budding awareness of one's position in the group, while still preserving emotional ties to the object.
Introjection was the other source of extrinsic motivation for which a significant interaction effect of sex by officiating location ([F.sub.(1,194)] = 3.88, p<.05) was observed.
According to studies (10,27), the precariousness of life forms allows the maintenance of social hierarchies and the inequality introjection process.
[2] The envelope with its containing function can protect the child from his raw sense of falling apart or complete helplessness and avoids the introjection of these primitive feelings into him.