[ in-truh-jek-shuhn ]
/ ˌɪn trəˈdʒɛk ʃən /
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noun Psychoanalysis.

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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British Dictionary definitions for introjection

/ (ˌɪntrəˈdʒɛkʃən) /


psychol the act or process of introjecting

Derived forms of introjection

introjective, adjective

Word Origin for introjection

C20: from intro- + (pro) jection
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Medical definitions for introjection

[ ĭn′trə-jĕkshən ]


The process of incorporating the characteristics of a person or object unconsciously into one's psyche, often as a defense mechanism.

Other words from introjection

in′tro•ject v.
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