INTELLECTUALIZATION

The unconscious defense mechanism of concealing feelings through intellectual activity.Intellectualization takes many forms. One individual may protect himself from guilt feelings by “analyzing away”...

INCEST

Sexual activity between persons of closer blood relationship than the culture allows.The degree of relationship varies considerably from society to society. In some societies...

INCIDENTAL LEARNING

The tendency to note and remember things not directly relevant to the activity at hand. It is often described as unintentional, and also latent,...

INCORPORATION

An unconscious process, sometimes termed a defense mechanism, in which the qualities of another person are taken in, or “in gested,” through physical contact,...

INDIVIDUAL TEST

A psychological test that is given to one subject at a time. The Wechsler Intelligence Scales, the Thematic Apperception Test, and the Stanford-Binet Test...

INFECTIOUS DISORDERS

A number of diseases have been found to produce acute, temporary brain disorders as a result of systemic infections that do not invade the...

INFERIORITY COMPLEX

A term used by Alfred Adler to denote strong feelings of inadequacy and insecurity stemming from real or fancied deficiencies of a physical, mental,...

INFERTTLITY

Inability to have children, to reproduce; sterility. The term infertile is usually applied to individuals who are relatively unable to have children, but who...

IATROGENIC ILLNESS

A disorder that is induced or aggravated by the physician.Suggestion plays a part in many psychological conditions, and a therapist may unwittingly produce symptoms...

INHIBITION

The process of restraining one’s impulses or desires.Inhibition may take place on either a conscious or unconscious level, or on both at once. An...

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