"Psychological projection (or projection bias) is the unconscious act of denial of a person's own attributes, thoughts, and/or emotions, which are ascribed to the outside world, like the weather, the government, a tool or another person or people. Projection is the most profound and subtle of our psychological processes, and extremely difficult to work with, because by its nature, it is hidden."
"Paleo-anthropologically speaking, this faculty probably had survival value as a self defense mechanism when homo sapiens' intellectual capacity to detect deception in others improved to the point that the only sure hope to deceive it was for deceivers to be self-deceived and therefore behave as if they were being truthful."
"Unfortunately we human beings have done great harm laboring under the delusions of projection. This is especially true when we get together in group societies and project onto other groups. (Apartheid and Nazism would be two examples.)"
"According to Sigmund Freud, projection is a psychological defense mechanism whereby one "projects" one's own undesirable thoughts, motivations, desires, and feelings onto someone else. It is a common process that every person uses to some degree."
"Projection, like all defense mechanisms, provides a function whereby a person can protect their conscious mind from a feeling that is otherwise repulsive."
I hope Pat doesn't think that it was Sibby sending it, pretending to be me. And I hope they both have good health care policies which cover this type of thing. Some of them don't, you know?
p.s. Madville Times has a great recap of the issues here.