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[in-truh-jek-shuh n]
noun Psychoanalysis.
  1. an unconscious psychic process by which a person incorporates into his or her own psychic apparatus the characteristics of another person or object.
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Origin of introjection

First recorded in 1865–70; intro- + (in)jection
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Historical Examples of introjection

  • In the case of introjection, he falls into a ludicrous self-deification or moral self-laceration.

    Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology

    C. G. Jung

  • This second piece is the one which has been altered by introjection and which contains the lost object.

British Dictionary definitions for introjection


  1. psychol the act or process of introjecting
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Derived Formsintrojective, adjective

Word Origin for introjection

C20: from intro- + (pro) jection
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Word Origin and History for introjection


1866, from intro- + stem abstracted from projection. In philosophical and psychoanalytical use, from German introjektion.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

introjection in Medicine


  1. The process of incorporating the characteristics of a person or object unconsciously into one's psyche, often as a defense mechanism.
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Related formsin′tro•ject v.
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