This defense mechanism has become a popular word in the media. Characters in television shows and in novels ask their friends "Do you think its projection?" Projection is when we attribute one's thoughts or impulses to another person.  In common use, this is limited to unacceptable or undesirable impulses.  Examples: an individual, unable to accept that they have competitive or hostile feelings about a coworker, says, "He doesn’t like me!"

A broader definition of projection includes certain operations that allow for empathy and understanding of others.  Recognition that another person is lonely or sad may be based not upon having seen other examples of loneliness or sadness and learning the outward manifestations but upon having experienced the feelings and recognizing automatically that another person’s situation would evoke them.

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