According to Freud, an anxiety-reducing defense mechanism in which one perceives one’s own unacceptable emotions or attitudes as belonging to others.
Example: A man is intensely hostile to authority. Consequently, when he sees a policeman he believes the latter wants to harm him.
Grinnell, R. (2008). Projection. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 5, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/2008/projection/