The encounter with these introjects
finds expression in the belief that, as the Berndts (1943:153, 157) reported from Ooldea, during nocturnal dreams and after a person's death, his spirit or soul wanders around freely in the bush and may possibly meet a MAMU.
Ultimately healing depends on separating out one's essence from the introjects (qualities and beliefs from parents, priests, teachers, abusers) that he took on and eventually identified with as himself.
Just as we need to return to the scene of the traumas where we took on the introjects, so too do we need to return to the circus to find those characters we identified with and to finally sever the original bargain.
A child that does not introject admired qualities, who remains fixated in projective identification, develops a 'pseudo-mature' character structure, Winnicott's "false self.
When a baby is discovered to be damaged at or soon after birth, the mother's unbearable feelings of disappointment may not be fully processed, and the infant then internalizes a disappointed, hostile or horrified introject and feels worthy only of rejection.
One method of losing oneself as a defense to trauma, of hiding, is to introject another and identify oneself with that: becoming absorbed in not-me, allowing it to become a pseudo-me, and allowing me to send into oblivion the real (and unacceptable) me.
For example, if the parent(s)' containing ability is intrusively smothering, the child will introject that, and there will be no internal space, no "personal environment" as Winnicott calls it.
In its place I adopt a new identity, aligned with the apparent source of power, and this split results in the beginnings of identification with parental or other external introjects.
The self-concept expands as old dysfunctional imprints about oneself are shed, as erroneous identifications with introjects are let go of, and as new beliefs about oneself are embraced.
Watkins (1978) identifies three sources: they can be pathological, arising from (1) trauma and (2) parental introjects, or they can be created through (3) normal development.
Helen Watkins (1993) identifies three sources: (1) normal differentiation, or pathological development, arising from (2) trauma or (3) parental introjects.
The differentiation / dissociation continuum of ego states (the "executive," introjects, shadow parts, complexes, alter personalities from traumatic splits), ego boundaries, and "nonegotized" aspects of the personality
When a baby is discovered to be damaged at or soon alter birth, the mother's unbearable feelings of disappointment may not be fully processed, and the infant then internalizes a disappointed, hostile or horrified introject and feels worthy only of rejection.