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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).]
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(Psychology) psychol the act or process of introjecting
[C20: from intro- + (pro)jection]
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in•tro•jec•tion(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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|Noun||1.||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"
|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
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