A general term for a defense mechanism encompassing projection, acting out, emoting, and the like.
Example: The patient is extremely argumentative; instead of recognizing this characteristic in herself, however, she complains about the difficult personalities of others and views herself as blameless.
Grinnell, R. (2008). Externalization. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 1, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/2008/externalization/