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. (2016). Projection. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 24, 2017, from https://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/projection/