Projections change the world into the replica of one’s own unknown face.”
– C.G. Jung
I read a post today about how Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, was back in the White House briefing room to give updates and how liberated he felt as he was afraid to speak science under the other administration.
It stopped me in my tracks as he is ‘the leading expert’... projecting.
One thing I’ve realized over this past year, is that the sticks and stones that are been thrown are soooo big.
It’s not Unity.
It’s not compassion, love or grace.
Triggers turned into Projections are images we have of others, which are generated by the psyche or our subconscious and based in our own fears, desires, shames impulses, and unresolved issues, most of which are unconscious.
Jung wrote, “We must bear in mind that we do not make projections, rather they happen to us.”
Projection happens when we are “certain we know what other people think or what their true character is,” and interact with with them based on those assumptions.
We see others not as they are, but as we are.
While the most obvious example of projection is seeing our own shadow traits in others, this can also be true of those traits we view as desirable, since the ego projects anything it is unable to identify with.
An example of this could be someone who is jealous of a friend’s beauty or intelligence, but is unable to recognize those traits in him- or herself.