Increase your self-esteem by understanding the primitive defense mechanism introjection (1 minute read)
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Increase your self-esteem by understanding the primitive defense mechanism introjection:
Introjection is when copying behaviors, attributes or ideas from others, especially role models such as parents. Projection is considered as being an early phase of introjection.
The introjected objects become part of one’s self-schema. It is considered a self-stabilizing defense mechanism that is used when there are psychological needs of a child that are not met by the parents.
The demands of parental figures may be internalized as an integral part of the individual to the extent that ego boundaries become blurred and a sense of separate identity may be lost. Hence, introjection provides the illusion of maintaining the relationship but at the expense of losing oneself.
An example is a person who obeys norms about what girls respectively boys should and should not do.
Parents may be also represented in simple forms such as the good versus the bad parent figure.
Introjection is also when one gets rid of the perceived evil within oneself by taking in the good sides of others and experiencing them as one’s own.
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