Posted: Feb 09, 2019 2:52 pm
by Keep It Real
There's actually a fair amount of subsequent empirical support for projection type stuff eg

I'm aware through my own introspection (ergh, another yukky Freudian term spit hak spit) that I personally am prone to more than the occasional shallow spot of projection type stuff. In any case, if not projection through the mechanism Freud described, then false consensus effect perhaps:

Some studies were critical of Freud's theory. Research supports the existence of a false-consensus effect whereby humans have a broad tendency to believe that others are similar to themselves, and thus "project" their personal traits onto others. This applies to good traits as well as bad traits and is not a defense mechanism for denying the existence of the trait within the self.[34]

Instead, Newman, Duff, and Baumeister (1997) proposed a new model of defensive projection. In this view, repressors try to suppress thoughts of their undesirable traits, and these efforts make those trait categories highly accessible—so that they are then used all the more often when forming impressions of others. The projection is then only a by-product of the real defensive mechanism.[35]