Definitions for introjectionˌɪn trəˈdʒɛk ʃən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
in•tro•jec•tionˌɪn trəˈdʒɛk ʃən(n.)
an unconscious psychic process by which a person incorporates into his or her own psychic apparatus the characteristics of another person or object.
Origin of introjection:
1916; < G
(psychoanalysis) the internalization of the parent figures and their values; leads to the formation of the superego
(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
The process whereby ideas of another are unconsciously incorporated into one's own psyche.
Introjection is a psychoanalytical term with a variety of meanings. Generally, it is regarded as the process where the subject replicates in itself behaviors, attributes or other fragments of the surrounding world, especially of other subjects. Cognate concepts are identification, incorporation, and internalization. To use a simple example, a person who picks up traits from their friends is participating in introjection. Projection has been described as an early phase of introjection.
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