This weekend I was in spring cleaning mode and while taking a break from my chores I began reading up on the phenomenon of psychological projection. During my readings I noticed rather obvious patterns in this form of abuse.
It’s been my experience that those bullies/narcissists who are the quickest and loudest in tossing out accusations against their victims, are more often than not the most guilty of the very actions they project onto others.
Habitual liars accuse their victims of lying. I regularly observed this in my last roommate, who was constantly accusing his handicapped cousin of lying about one thing or another. Yet he was the one caught lying to people inside and outside the household.
Thieves assume that those they steal from are thieves. Again, an example is my ex-roommate, whom a friend and I caught stealing beer from an upstairs tenant. This moral failing he projected onto his cousin, whom he constantly accused of having stolen from him.
Homophobes tend to attribute the most disturbing sexual acts to homosexuals, mostly without any basis whatsoever. These include, but are not limited to, molesting children, raping animals, and committing incest.
The common pattern is that the accusers are often discovered to have been, or be actively engaged in the very activities they denounce in others. Public examples include Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, Ted Haggard, among others.
It’s a pathology, and a cynical one at that. The accuser is amoral and engages in socially prohibited behavior, so he assumes everyone else is like him and, unable to acknowledge the perceived depravity within himself, projects it outward onto others, typically onto an individual or group he sees as weak, isolated, and defenseless. So, if one is inclined toward sexually preying upon child relatives, he might as a way to avoid dealing with his pathology project it onto someone else hoping he can distract enough people away from his own deviant activities.
I’ve observed projection in a number of persons I’ve had the misfortune to be acquainted with, from David and Steve to certain others, and from my ex-roommate to public figures. They all share in common that they are the most guilty of doing exactly that which they so often condemn in their victims.
If you’ve accused someone of engaging in a certain form of behavior, whatever it is, try a thought experiment by asking yourself this question: Is it something you’ve done yourself?
If you have, then try answering the other, uncomfortable questions that follow. If you find through the course of your self-analysis that you’re projecting from a need to avoid having to deal with the inclination toward that behavior in yourself, perhaps you should seek outside psychiatric help.
A couple of years ago, it was reported that Monty Python alum Terry Jones is suffering a form of dementia called primary progressive aphasia, which is robbing him of his powers of speech. Imagine being trapped in your own mind, unable to communicate with anyone because not only does the dementia impede your own ability to speak, but also your ability to understand what others say to you. It’s got to be awful to endure that.
Still, his friends and colleagues have said that his spirit remains with them. He may not be able to express himself, but his intellect is there.
Mr. Jones’ historical documentaries, and the Medieval-set films he co-directed with Terry Gilliam, helped inspire me to study history in university. I was especially entertained by his often whimsical irreverence for his subject material. His deconstruction of Medieval stereotypes was laced with humor and wit, and educated without talking down to the observer. And I also enjoyed his take on who might have killed the great English writer Geoffrey Chaucer (he believes it was Thomas Arundel, the Archbishop of Canterbury, whom he alleges persecuted Chaucer to the grave).
I don’t know how much longer Mr. Jones will be with us, or how much more writing he has left in him before his condition deteriorates to its tragic conclusion. But while he’s here, and able to share his wealth of learning, I’ll enjoy his spirit and passion for life.
Well then, why’d you take the job in the first place, stupid?
I’d say it’s a legitimate question given his insane behavior. It’s said that cocaine does affect one’s faculties, and I’ve noted that much of the mental derangement caused by cocaine abuse does seem to overlap with David’s own insanity symptoms.
Complaining about the shift after taking the job, having been told beforehand what the hours and responsibilities are, certainly does qualify as crazy if you ask me. It’s definitely not the smartest thing to do, especially if his employers find this posted on his social media. At the very least it’ll get him a stern lecture and a warning.
Of course, I could be wrong. I don’t think even that moron is dumb enough to abuse a hard drug like cocaine, with that incompetent buffoon Sessions running the Department of Justice determined to lock up every last drug user in the country (not that we haven’t been doing that for decades already, although prosecutions remain fewer than they were under Barry Obama).
Still, one does wonder…