Projection: What’s in a Word

Projection: What’s In a Word                                                     By Gene Griessman  

Someone is a pathological liar but he calls other people dishonest.

Someone is corrupt but he calls other people crooked.

Someone says he believes in family values but molests children.

That’s what projection looks and sounds like.

Now for the definition.

Projection is a psychological defense mechanism that enables individuals to avoid unpleasant feelings about themselves by attributing to other people what they do not acknowledge in themselves.

As Freud used the term, projection usually occurs at the unconscious level.

But in politics this kind of behavior is usually conscious and deliberate. As a tactic it deflects attention away from one’s own reprehensible behavior to someone else.

The other guy is lying, not me.

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Gene Griessman is an internationally known keynote speaker, actor, and communication strategist. His book “TheWords Lincoln Lived By” is in its 23rd printing and “Time Tactics of Very Successful People” is in its 43rd printing. His training video “Lincoln on Communication” is owned by thousands of corporations, libraries, and government organizations. He has spoken at conventions and annual meetings all over the world. To learn more about his presentations, call 404-435-2225. Learn more at Atlanta Speakers Bureau or at his website. His latest book “Lincoln and Obama” has just been released by Audible.
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