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Definition: Internalization is a process through which we come to identify parts of our culture as parts of ourselves, especially in relation to norms and values. This is a crucial process in maintaining social systems because it leads people to regulate their own behavior in accordance with accepted forms rather than having to be monitored and corrected by external authorities.

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Crossman, Ashley. "Internalization." ThoughtCo, Aug. 27, 2020, Crossman, Ashley. (2020, August 27). Internalization. Retrieved from Crossman, Ashley. "Internalization." ThoughtCo. (accessed January 23, 2021).