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Projection: A Poem by Collette Kristevski

For whom do you place these mirrors,
filling them up with
invisible faces?

Thriving on and
filling your own emptiness with
the perceived faults of others?

Attributing to them transgressions
that only exist as
secrets within yourself?

When you look in the mirror
who do you see
if you are invisible to yourself?

//Projection, 5/10/2019
//Collette Kristevski

Freud coined the term “projection.” He said it is a defence mechanism in which one denies the existence of impulses or traits (positive and negative) within oneself and attributes them to others. I’ve beemFreud coined the term “projection” to refer to the psychological phenomenon in which one denies the existence of unconscious impulses or traits (positive and negative) within oneself and attributes them to others. I’m not a Freud disciple, but some of what he discovered is fascinating and true to my experience of people. Have you ever been the victim of someone else’s unconscious projection? Or perhaps you’ve projected onto others? Once you recognise the human tendency to do this, you will seriously start to see it everywhere.