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Noun: introjection  ,in-tru'jek-shun
  1. (psychoanalysis) the internalization of the parent figures and their values; leads to the formation of the superego
  2. (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

Derived forms: introjections

Type of: incorporation, internalisation [Brit], internalization

Encyclopedia: Introjection