What does the term PROJECTION mean when it’s mentioned in self-help literature or psychology research? The term was primarily defined by the world-famous Psychiatrist Dr. Sigmund Freud back in the 20th century.
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Freud thought, “Projection is a form of defense in which unwanted feelings are displaced onto another person, where they then appear as a threat from the external world.”
As one of the leading experts in the field of Psychology, Freud noted that a common form of projection occurs when an individual, threatened by his own angry feelings, accuses another of harboring hostile thoughts in intention and/or their hidden or true personality.
Not to be confused with REVERSE PROJECTION, a psychological misstep many kind-natured human beings make to project their own core nature of good onto otherwise socially toxic and abusive individuals when no true kind core nature exists, the more a narcissistic person projects their own nature onto others who simply don’t think or act like them, the more likely they are to needlessly stress themselves out while targeting their self-perceived social rivals for Narcissistic Abuse that is unwarranted.
Projection is a psychological misstep typically made by narcissistic people and most socially competitive thinkers, presuming another person thinks like or values the same things as an Abuser.« Back to Glossary Index