Projection

A further word regarding projection may be helpful. It was first used by Sigmund Freud who believed projection to be a defense mechanism through which a neurotic person freed himself of a feeling of conflict. The feeling held by the subject was displaced onto another as the intended object.

Jung also used this term, but because of his different view of the unconscious he gave it a new interpretation. Jung described projection as an unconscious automatic process, that is a process which is not perceived by the subject and is not intentional, whereby psychic contents or a certain psychic content transfers itself to an object, and appears to belong to that object. “The projection ceases the moment it becomes conscious, that is to say when it is seen to belong to the subject.” 

C G Jung emphasized that projection is “never conscious, projections are always there first, and recognized afterwards.”

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