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  • n. The process whereby ideas of another are unconsciously incorporated into one's own psyche.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of throwing within.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (psychoanalysis) the internalization of the parent figures and their values; leads to the formation of the superego
  • n. (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


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  • When external authority figures such as parents, teachers or family members communicate verbal and nonverbal instructions about physical and emotional survival, we coalesce those voices into one voice—The Voice—by a process called introjection internalizing authority figures.

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  • Charismatic leaders are inner-directed and identify with objects, symbols, and ideals that are connected with introjection.

    The Bass Handbook of Leadership

  • Placing less blame on Alice than she does on the social circumstances inspiring her heroine's turn to the bottle, Austen here looks at excessive appetites less as the result of an intractable will, than as the introjection of external pressures and repressive social codes.

    'Pleasure is now, and ought to be, your business': Stealing Sexuality in Jane Austen's _Juvenilia_

  • It was always him, the introjection of him, that I wanted to be rid of.

    Collage: Blurring the Line Between Memory and Nightmare, II

  • He spends considerable time providing a genetic analysis of how the intellectual catastrophe of introjection could have happened.

    Neutral Monism

  • Considerations of this sort lead him to summarize his views about introjection in a remarkable paragraph:

    Neutral Monism

  • (Mach 1886, 28) Rudolf Wlassak, whom Mach quotes as an authority on Avernarius, argues that the “discovery of the illegitimacy of introjection” reveals “all problems connected with the relation of our ˜sensations,™ ˜presentations™ and ˜contents of consciousness™ to the material things” as well as the “problems as to projection we meet in theories of space, the exteriorization of the space-sensations, etc.” as pseudo-problems.

    Neutral Monism

  • And it is this introjection which, as a rule turns the ˜before me™ into an ˜in me™, the ˜disclosed™ into an ˜imagined™ [Vorgestelltes], the ˜constituent of the (real) environment™ into a ˜constituent of the

    Neutral Monism

  • But he also presents straightforward arguments that are supposed to show the falsity of introjection:

    Neutral Monism

  • Avenarius's name is now primarily associated with the notion of introjection.

    Neutral Monism


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