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Psychological Projection and Transference …

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Well, here we go. I have been kicking around  the idea of writing about the subject concept (above) for several years now, (even before I started blogging in 2014) ever since an old atheist friend of mine first accused me (several years ago) of employing this as a subterfuge when discussing the sometimes inconsistent behaviour of public figures in academia, media, entertainment as well as bureaucratic, ministerial, and elected officials in our government(s) at all levels.

But after writing over 800 words I decided that I really didn’t have anything meaningful to add to the topic from my own experience and rather than bore every one and rather than indulge myself in more or less exactly what I wrote about in the last two posts I would just point interested parties to the Wikipedia article on the subject.

So, if you are interested and don’t want to spend 4 or more years studying this in school then surf on over to

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection

I’ll just add, that I read at the very end of the same Wiki article about criticism of this theory of projection. Research conducted by Baumeister, Roy F.; Dale, Karen; Sommer, Kristin L. (1998). (called “Freudian Defense Mechanisms and Empirical Findings in Modern Social Psychology: Reaction Formation, Projection, Displacement, Undoing, Isolation, Sublimation, and Denial” found in the  Journal of Personality) supports the existence of a false-consensus effect whereby humans have a broad tendency to believe that others are similar to themselves, and thus “project” their personal traits onto others. This applies to good traits as well as bad traits and is not a defense mechanism for denying the existence of the trait within the self.

Cheers

Joe

 

 

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