We last looked at projection here. Have you ever noticed that there is a correlation between people who engage in projection and those who seemingly have problems seeing reality as it really is? And yes, there truly is such a correlation. Let us examine the psychology. Note that some psychology provides effective models of people, and some doesn’t. In this case, it would seem to be an effective model based on what is seen in real life.
Psychological projection is a defense mechanism in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.
Projection tends to come to the fore in normal people at times of personal or political crisis but is more commonly found in personalities functioning at a primitive level as in narcissistic personality disorder or borderline personality disorder.
Projection of marital guilt: Thoughts of infidelity to a partner may be unconsciously projected in self-defence on to the partner in question, so that the guilt attached to the thoughts can be repudiated or turned to blame instead, in a process linked to denial.
Bullying: A bully may project his/her own feelings of vulnerability onto the target(s) of the bullying activity. Despite the fact that a bully’s typically denigrating activities are aimed at the bully’s targets, the true source of such negativity is ultimately almost always found in the bully’s own sense of personal insecurity or vulnerability. Such aggressive projections of displaced negative emotions can occur anywhere from the micro-level of interpersonal relationships, all the way up through to the macro-level of international politics, or even international armed conflict.
Projection of general guilt: Projection of a severe conscience is another form of defense, one which may be linked to the making of false accusations, personal or political.
Let us consider Feminist Types. Why are they such harpies that few people like? Why are they so accusing? The simple answer is that they are projecting. Why are they projecting? Perhaps it is because they protecting their ego from their positions are so incoherent with respect to reality. Does anything more really need to be stated here?
Exit Question — Would Feminists rather be correct or liked?