Projection

By Renée Grinnell

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.


    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 26 Oct 2008