Projection is an unconscious process. It is difficult for anybody to detect his or her projection unaided, and few other people can be relied upon to
provide good advice about it. Almost everyone we deal with, after all, has an ax to grind. Almost everyone we deal with also is prone to their own
Sometimes, though, you can work out higher or lower odds. Not to pick on anybody, but
Another good example of projection is the way people who are hearing impaired will often speak very loud as they project their deafness on
Speech performance requires feedback about yourself speaking. If you have learned to speak by relying on hearing yourself, then if your hearing
declines, speaking louder is a lot cheaper than learning how to rely on bone conduction, if you still have that, or jaw muscle reafference.
"Green is Fluffy's favorite color" and other such nonsense statements as people presume to speak on an animals behalf.
Could be, but maybe not. Presumption isn't projection. All human inference is subject to error, and while projection is a source of error, it isn't
the only source by a long shot.
Assuming that Fluffy can make any color discriminations (what usually passes for color blindness
is the inability to make some color
discriminations that another animal can make, as opposed to the inability to experience color at all), then there would be no a priori
to suppose Fluffy couldn't have preferences in the matter.
I could be mistaken in my inference drawn from seeing Fluffy sleeping a green sofa, and never on an "otherwise identical" red one, and other overt
and consistent demonstrations of vertiphilia, but it is clearly my conscious
inference that is being expressed, not my unconscious contents.
Just to even things up, I'll agree with the quoted poster that the second post in this thread was unusually hasty. What is troubling about that haste
is that it was accompanied by the unfounded
imputation of a motive to the leisurely pace of reply (obviously refuted by the volume of
subsequent posts, which have appeared in abundance, and in good time).
And that's the good news about projection: we never have to diagnose it in others
(unless that is our job, and we have been hired by the
person in question to do that sort of thing). We need only establish whether or not the proposition in play is well-founded. That can be resolved
We never reach the question of why a particular unfounded assertion is put forward. Founded is good, unfounded is bad. Story ends.