1. defense mechanism where our thoughts and feelings are attributed to the external world. 2. Process of learning to distinguish between yourself and the environment in childhood. 3. Process by which a drive is aroused. 4. Perceptioon that part of our behaviour is attributable to the external world.

EXTERNALIZATION: "We use externalisation as a defence mechanism."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "EXTERNALIZATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/externalization/ (accessed October 22, 2021).