Meaning of externalize in English:


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(also British externalise)
[with object]
  • 1Give external existence or form to.

    ‘elements of the internal construction were externalized on to the facade’
    • ‘This is a man who's tried to manage internal chaos by externalizing it.’
    • ‘If there are eventually technologies that externalize internal states, who has a right to access that information?’
    • ‘And the director's objective of externalising the internal proves to be absolutely pivotal.’
    • ‘For some time, a desire had been growing in me to externalize some of the internal work I had been pursuing with such fervor, and the richness of Wiccan ritual seemed the perfect vehicle for that expression.’
    • ‘As such, memory is located also at this tenuous site of liminal existence; this point where internal becomes externalised, and the machine and body pass, converge or divert.’
    • ‘For those patients the author provides an integrated therapy in which the internal pain is externalized through narrative, dream work, and imagery.’
    • ‘Just as much as you internalise the parent, so you externalise the child.’
    • ‘The 118-item scale assessed mothers' perceptions of internalizing and externalizing problems demonstrated by their children.’
    • ‘The nation is defined as a way of life that externalizes enemies and asserts that its survival - whether economic, social or political - must expand lest the nation contract and die’
    • ‘Their temptations, and hence their complexity, tend to be allegorically externalized.’
    • ‘The key insight into Lucrece is her externalized sense of self.’
    • ‘I have to take that and externalise it, talking to fund managers and analysts and media in a way I haven't done in the past.’
    • ‘But the chaos in Lewis's film's internalized, whereas in Kiarostami's film it's completely externalized.’
    • ‘The student hypothesized that, because males tend to externalize problems and females tend to internalize problems, they might change differently in the course of functional family therapy.’
    • ‘The psychological error then consists in externalizing an exceptional experience - which Bergson calls ‘resistance to the resistances’ - into a moral theory.’
    1. 1.1Express (a thought or feeling) in words or actions.
      ‘an urgent need to externalize the experience’
      • ‘Indonesians are trained to cope with stressful interpersonal situations in an entirely different way to Westerners, who, for the most part, are encouraged to externalize their thoughts, opinions, or frustrations.’
      • ‘Women think of suicide more than men as women suffer more from depression but women are more likely to externalise their emotions than men.’
      • ‘Gould and Shatzy share a talent for telling stories, another coping mechanism for externalizing their fears.’
      • ‘More likely to me is that we externalize our fears into the stories we tell ourselves, and nowhere is that more obvious than in horror movies and books.’
      • ‘Morante, a favorite Moretti actress, is the film's anchor and she's genuinely moving here in the way that she externalizes her grief.’
      • ‘In fact, these kinds of films need melodrama; they need action or events that externalise the emotions driving the story.’
      • ‘Directed toward a communally valorized symbol, however, Herbert's private grief is externalized and subsumed by the broader tradition of which it is but a part.’
      • ‘Furthermore, it did not appear that the gender differences in depression were the result of men being more likely to externalize their anger.’
      • ‘In addition, adolescents who internalized their anger made more serious suicide attempts than did those who externalized their anger.’
      • ‘Men tend to externalize distress and blame others.’
      • ‘As a community where shame has to be denied and aggressively projected outside of the self they feel strongly inclined to externalize this shame in violence.’
      • ‘By writing about her rape, Celie also externalizes her experiences so that they do not destroy her.’
      • ‘In her own research, Cox found that people who tried either to conceal their anger or externalize it by blaming others were at higher risk for anxiety, tension and panic attacks.’
      • ‘Given the precarious balance between a successful trip and an unmitigated tragedy, it seems naive that people externalise risk in the belief that ‘it will never happen to me.’’
      • ‘Visually the film works hard to externalise much of the emotional tension that is buried deep within the characters in the welcomed absence of purely narration dialogue.’
      • ‘Using wry wit where melodrama would have sufficed, she externalises her character's grave desperation with mettle.’
      • ‘Thinking is more internalised, and therefore hidden, in older children and adults, but it is more externalised and nearer to the surface in children who are just beginning to talk.’
      • ‘His poetry was his attempt to externalise that inner dialogue, but his obscurity of expression, as opposed to his expression of obscurity, provided a most daunting translative challenge.’
      • ‘That is why I dress-up: to externalise my need for attention; almost like a child, to be doted upon.’
      • ‘Since we are able to externalise our inner world, we are able to reflect upon that world and become self-aware or self-conscious.’
    2. 1.2Psychology Project (a mental image or process) on to a figure outside oneself.
      ‘such neuroses are externalized as interpersonal conflicts’
      • ‘Hierarchical multiple regression analyses were conducted for the measures of internalizing problems, prosocial competence, and externalizing problems.’
      • ‘This integrated model explains how some couples use the defenses of splitting and projective identification to externalize and transpose internal conflicts into interpersonal conflicts in five common marital dances.’
      • ‘In the language of psychology, they externalize blame.’
      • ‘His idea was for me to externalise my anger, he felt that anxiety is really a symptom of something wrong.’
      • ‘The purpose of this (to us) strange ritual was to externalise one's grief, delegate it onto a kind of exterior apparatus (ie another human being).’
      attribute, ascribe, impute, assign
  • 2Economics
    Fail or choose not to incorporate (costs) as part of a pricing structure, especially social and environmental costs resulting from a product's manufacture and use.

    ‘It's all aimed at getting the producers to stop externalizing the environmental costs of the products they design and profit from.’
    • ‘These social and ecological costs are externalized and born by others who are excluded from such decisions and from their benefits.’
    • ‘It can charge the low prices it does because it externalizes the costs of its business.’
    • ‘One estimate of the benefits received by US corporations alone from subsidies and externalised costs is $2.4 trillion annually.’
    • ‘That is, the costs of pollution are externalized, since the polluter does not have to include them in its production costs.’



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