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externalization

n.

1. a defense mechanism in which one’s thoughts, feelings, or perceptions are attributed to the external world and perceived as independent of oneself or one’s own experiences. A common expression of this is projection.

2. the process of learning to distinguish between the self and the environment during childhood.

3. the process by which a drive, such as hunger, is aroused by external stimuli, such as food, rather than by internal stimuli.

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February 27th 2024