My ex had this habit of accusing me of doing bad things that she was doing. I was, in no way shape or form, doing what I was being accused of doing. I was taken aback. It was as clear as day, the whole preposterous nature of it all.
Since then, I have seen the same phenomenon, though not as off the charts as it was with my ex. Perhaps women are a bit more prone to it than men, but it seams to be something that is not totally gender specific.
I wondered, why accuse me of doing what she was doing? Why not accuse me of doing something that might be a bit closer to something that I am actually doing. Make the accusation a bit more plausible. If were going to do such a thing, that is what I would do. Logic apparently is not something in play here.
Probably it starts with what is on their mind. They realize that their position, and what they are doing, is not right. They can’t get it out of their mind. It keeps bubbling up. The bubbles become overwhelming and they just can’t help themselves; lashing out with ludicrous accusations. That is my armchair psychologist take.
So what is the real driving force? It would seem to be an untenable position; they realize that their position is not defensible if given logical scrutiny, so they must aggressively defend it. What would be that defense? With whatever ideas come bubbling up. Furthermore, they can foist their evil onto others.
Exit question — Does this idea of projection also apply to politics? Perhaps those with the untenable positions project much…