Projection: What’s in a Word

Projection: What’s In a Word                                                     By Gene Griessman  

Someone is a pathological liar but he calls other people dishonest.

Someone is corrupt but he calls other people crooked.

Someone says he believes in family values but molests children.

That’s what projection looks and sounds like.

Now for the definition.

Projection is a psychological defense mechanism that enables individuals to avoid unpleasant feelings about themselves by attributing to other people what they do not acknowledge in themselves.

As Freud used the term, projection usually occurs at the unconscious level.

But in politics this kind of behavior is usually conscious and deliberate. As a tactic it deflects attention away from one’s own reprehensible behavior to someone else.

The other guy is lying, not me.


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