Originally Posted by Snoopy
Yes, projection is a defense mechanism but I have a problem with the use of "paranoids."
Projection or transference can be related to life experiences related to trauma such as abuse (sexual, emotional, physical). These people are not paranoid or psychotic, they have been extremely hurt by others.
I agree with you Snoopy that situational, or medical issues can lead to some paranoia. (especially when one has been in an accident, or
victim of some crime or abuse). I don't think transference is a type of projection. I think it is tranferring feelings you had for another onto a new person. I know they seem similar...so I looked up this difference and found this:
The difference is in the actual expression of the behavior. Projection is getting rid of undesirable thoughts/beliefs that you cannot accept in yourself, and putting them other people.
I was referring to personality styles mostly. I've read and learned a great deal about paranoia, since my mother had this feature. And I have known some other people like this, since I worked with the public for 40+ yrs. Projection... is a major style for these types. They will call YOU a liar, when they themselves are one, etc. The classic "out to get you" ideation is less until real psychosis sets in like it did for my mother. I have found that paranoid projection often is linked to narcissistic traits (preoccupation with the self). I think paranoid personalities are the most difficult to deal with in families and the work place and the public.
Certainly severe stress, (sometimes drugs) can set off this primitive symptom. Being highly vigilant is something we have inherited from our evolution. I have to say, when thinking of paranoia, I think of bunny rabbits... every other animal eats them! They have to be the most vigilant mammal we have!
Vigilance is a mild form of paranoia. And I have to say, I am alarmed when I see so much media/TV/movie plots revolving around "people out to get other people". I have had to stop watching much of TV because of this trend.
I have also met some people who engage in folie a deux...which is a specific type of interaction of two people, that involves a form of projection onto the weaker person to engage in behaviors they would not normally consider.
I especially like Dr. Oldham's personality styles/profile.
He has a great book out with all the styles described in it.
Vigilant personality is the precursor for the Paranoid style.
this is a bit of explanation of his work.
The book he has written is really an eye opener! It is paperback and very affordable and written for the layman to understand themselves and those around them.