Friday, 15 April 2011

Freud & Willis

Sigmund Freud developed the theory of "Psychological projection" which he said was a psychological defense mechanism where a person unconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed or displaced to the outside world, including to other people. Thus, projection involves imagining or projecting the belief that others have those feelings.

An example might be blaming another for self failure. It is said that the mind may avoid the discomfort of consciously admitting personal faults by keeping those feelings unconscious, and by redirecting libidinal satisfaction by attaching, or "projecting," those same faults onto another person.

Is it a coincidence then that ever since Cllr Richard Willis was told by Reading Borough Council's Standards Sub-Committee that his blogsite was "misleading and inaccurate" he has been in overdrive accusing others of the same thing?

And at a recent Council meeting Willis described the Labour candidate in Redlands Ward as "Cllr Gavin" - I understand that psychological faux pas wasn't lost on Lib Dem Kirsten Bayes who is trying to retain the seat for the first time.

Does Cllr Willis need to lie down, or am I just projecting too far?

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