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Projection


Have you ever noticed that, at times, people will make a comment to us that doesn’t fit at all? It is easy for someone to blame us for things we didn't do or think about. Sometimes, a person making false accusations with no merit is just projecting onto us.


The projection here refers to the psychological phenomenon where an individual ascribes their thoughts, feelings, or characteristics to another person. It involves attributing one's desires, fears, or beliefs to someone else, often without considering whether those attributes are accurate or present in the other person.


This is frustrating at best because it is not easy to prove or convince someone that their claim is false. It can often seem impossible, and the repercussions can be disastrous.



Projection can occur in various ways within relationships. Look at these examples:


  • If an individual feels angry or insecure, they may accuse their partner of being angry or unfaithful without any evidence.

  • A person with low self-esteem may project their negative self-image onto their partner, believing that they are too good for them or that they will eventually leave.

  • If someone has been hurt or betrayed in the past, they may project their fears of being hurt again onto their current partner, even if there is no evidence to suggest that their partner would engage in similar behavior.


Projection has a significant impact on relationships and can lead to misunderstandings, conflicts, and a lack of trust between partners. Individuals need to become aware of their projections and engage in self-reflection to differentiate between their thoughts, feelings, and experiences and those of their partner.



Acting in this manner is the pinnacle of emotionally mature behavior. Addressing and resolving projection-related difficulties requires open and honest communication, empathy, and self-awareness.


Wow! It is a prevalent behavior and such a BIG blind spot.


Are you familiar with this concept?


It is difficult to recognize projections coming from ourselves.


Watch for the blind spots.




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