In the field of psychology, internalization is the outcome of mind reasoning about a specific subject. The subject in question is internalized, and the consideration of the subject is considered internal. Internalization of ideals may take place after a religious conversion, or in the process of moral proselytization. It is directly associated with learning in an organism or organization and recalling what has been learned.
It involves the integration of attitudes, values, standards, and the opinions of others into their own identity or sense of self. In the field of psychoanalysis, internalization is a process that involves the formation of the super-ego. Several theorists believe that the internalized values of behavior that are implemented during early socialization are vital factors when it comes to predicting a child’s future moral character. The theory of self-determination proposes a motivational continuum from extrinsic to intrinsic motivation as well as autonomous self-regulation. Some research even suggests that a child’s moral sense of self starts to develop around the age of three. These early years of socialization might be the underpinnings of moral development later in childhood. Proponents of this theory also suggest that children whose view of themselves is “good and moral” tend to have a developmental trajectory that is pro-social and few signs of anti-social behavior.
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