introject

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from introjection.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪntɹə(ʊ)ˈdʒɛkt/

Verb[edit]

introject (third-person singular simple present introjects, present participle introjecting, simple past and past participle introjected)

  1. (psychology) To unconsciously incorporate into one's psyche.

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Noun[edit]

introject (plural introjects)

  1. (psychology) An element of another person that is unconsciously incorporated into one's psyche.
    • 2003, Theodore Millon, ‎Melvin J. Lerner, ‎Irving B. Weiner, Handbook of Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology (page 123)
      When introjects are weak (or even absent), an anaclitic personality configuration results, characterized by dependency, insecurity, and feelings of helplessness and emptiness.
    • 2015, Janet S. Steinwedel, The Golden Key to Executive Coaching
      Repetitious comments are other examples of introjects that we take on as if they were truths. These include: You're lazy; you're selfish; you'll never amount to anything; []