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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.

APA Reference
Grinnell, R. (2016). Projection. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 13, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/projection/