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Updated June 23, 2014

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Definition: Behavioral and psychological problems are often described in terms of their degrees of internalizing versus externalizing presentation. The major distinction between these two presentations is related to whether the symptoms or behaviors are focused inward (i.e., toward to the self) or outward (i.e., toward others).

Individuals who are more internalizing tend to have symptoms or behaviors that are turned inward. Internalizing symptoms would include things such as depression, worry, fear, self-injury, and social withdrawal.

Also Known As: internalization
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