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The symbolic absorption into and toward oneself of concepts and feelings generated toward another person or object; motivates irrational behavior toward oneself.



in theory of knowledge, the concept, introduced by the Austrian philosopher R. Avenarius, of the inadmissibility—from his point of view—of the insertion of perceived images into the consciousness of the individual. According to Avenarius, this follows from the inadmissibility of dividing the ideal and the real in general; this view is the result of his basing his philosophy on the concept of experience, dissolving within it the contrast between the spiritual and the material and thus attempting to refute materialism entirely. Criticism of these concepts of experience and introjection is provided by V. I. Lenin in his Materialism and Empiriocriticism (Poln. sobr. soch., 5th ed., vol. 18).

In psychology introjection is the individual’s inclusion of other persons’ views, motivations, and purposes in his inner world. It is a basis for identification. Projection is the opposite of introjection. The concept of introjection was introduced by the Hungarian psychoanalyst S. Ferenczi into depth psychology, where it is viewed as a psychological mechanism that plays an important role in the formation of the superego, conscience, and other personality phenomena.

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Hinshelwood describes this as "the essentially dynamic mode by which the individual attains membership of a group on the basis of projective and introjective identifications" (289).
For her, melancholia is "the aborted introjective movement brought about by an excess of sadism in the oral cannibalistic stage" (119), a different account with different consequences than Freud's, which has the melancholic ego "impoverished and megalomaniac.
In opting for an introjective rather than a purely intertextual model of literary transference, Conde's fiction downplays the ethics of reversal in favor of a preoccupation with the transmission of literary voice.
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We also consider relevant anamorphic motifs in reproductions of Velazquez's Las Meninas, Hohlbein's The Ambassadors, and several of Magritte's paintings, especially Le Faux Miroir ("The False Mirror") with its Lacanian implications for the introjective and projective (rather than simply reflective) obsessions of the Gothic gaze.
In order for the introjective metaphor to be taken literally, the limit prohibiting introjection has to be situated in the mouth - as the very paradigm of introjection.
Previous research correlates anaclitic depression with dependency and introjective depression with self-criticism.
The baby/mother interaction leads by processes of projective and introjective identification to the creation of an inner world in the baby, based on its experience of being "contained" by the mother.
And it--this reading--will have to confront, perhaps above and beyond all else, the effects of such meaningful-moral collapse on the novel's treatment of gender and sexuality, by which the female object-to-be-mastered flows ceaselessly into the subject to-be-loved, and any attempt to spit out the bad is blocked by the introjective projection of "self" in the mode of a muculent hole.