INTROJECTION. The internalization of authority. According to Freud, when you introject the demands of your parents and, thus by extension, society, these demands become a part of your own psyche, which then becomes divided between social demands and your own repressed, socially unacceptable desires and needs. An endless process of self-policing occurs as the super-ego reinforces parental proscriptions long after the parental authority has ceased to make its demands.
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