Description When a person has uncomfortable thoughts or feelings, they may project these onto other people, assigning the thoughts or feelings that they need to repress to a convenient alternative target. Projection may also happen to obliterate attributes of other people with which we are uncomfortable.
We assume that they are like us, and in doing so we allow ourselves to ignore those attributes they have with which we are uncomfortable. Neurotic projection is perceiving others as operating in ways one unconsciously finds objectionable in yourself. Complementary projection is assuming that others do, think and feel in the same way as you. Complimentary projection is assuming that others can do things as well as you.
Projection also appears where we see our own traits in other people, as in the false consensus effect. Thus we see our friends as being more like us than they really are. Example I do not like another person. But I have a value that says I should like everyone.
So I project onto them that they do not like me. This allows me to avoid them and also to handle my own feelings of dislike. An unfaithful husband suspects his wife of infidelity. A woman who is attracted to a fellow worker accuses the person of sexual advances. Discussion Projecting thoughts or emotions onto others allows the person to consider them and how dysfunctional they are, but without feeling the attendant discomfort of knowing that these thoughts and emotions are their own.
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