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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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[a]s psychoanalytic practitioners we are nevertheless all too accustomed to the virtual nature of the real itself as it is filtered through a world of object relations--one in turn distorted by projective and introjective processes--that creates virtual others who carry emotional resonance within and inform how we experience and act.
Personality Patterns and Disorders - P Axis Schizoid Paranoid Psychopathic (passive/parasitic or aggressive) Narcissistic (arrogant/entitled or depressed/depleted) Sadistic and sadomasochistic Masochistic (moral or relational) Depressive (introjective or anaclitic, and hypomanic as converse manifestation) Somatizing Dependent (passive-aggressive or counter dependent as converse manifestation) Phobic or counter phobic as converse manifestation Anxious Obsessive-compulsive (obsessive or compulsive) Hysterical/Histrionic (inhibited or demonstrative/flamboyant) Dissociative Mixed/Other Table 2.
Levels of object representation in analytic and introjective depression.
In this sense, Cash reverses the introjective process by which Addie has brought him into the speaking world, ultimately retreating into a domestic space where the maternal voice yields to the consumable object: bananas, false teeth, and mail-order records (260-61).
Proximal predictors of depressive symptomatotogy: perceived losses in self-worth and interpersonal domains and introjective and anaclitic mood states.
The 'separate, objective quality' of that object is complicated by the 'intricate projective and introjective mechanisms' projections which colour the subject's experience of the object.
It follows what Paula Ensor calls an "introjective orientation", where academic productivity "derives from an inward focus upon the development of concepts, structures and modes of argument, rather than outwards upon the world" (Ibid.).
The quality of mind for Longheim is the result of an interplay of individual developmental and socio-historical factors, "mental processes of projective and introjective identification." As this quality can be good or bad, Longheim is concerned with human suffering and how to relieve or avoid it altogether.