Thursday, February 1, 2007

Project much?

"I am concerned about the undermining of democratic institutions. And we're working to help prevent that from happening and strengthening democratic institutions."

Some definitions of projection as a psychological defense mechanism:
a person's thought or emotion about another person, place or thing is too troubling to admit, and so, that thought or emotion is attributed to originate from that other person, place or thing. For example: "He hates me", when it is actually the speaker who hates. A variation on the theme of Projection is known as "Externalization". In Externalization, you blame others for your problems rather than owning up to any role you may play in causing them. (via Mental Help Net)
attributing one's own unacknowledged feelings to others; includes severe prejudice, severe jealousy, hypervigilance to external danger, and "injustice collecting". (via Psychiatry 101 - Defense Mechanisms by Dr. Sanity)
As Dr. Sanity mentions, projection is a Level 2 defense mechanism:
Level 2 Defense Mechanisms are seen frequently in adults and are common in adolescents. For the user these mechanism alter distress and anxiety caused by reality or other people; while for the beholder, people who use such defenses are seen as socially undesirable, immature, difficult and out of touch. They are considered "immature" defenses and almost always lead to serious problems in a person's ability to cope with the world. These defenses are seen in severe depression, personality disorders, and adolescence.

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