The second defense mechanism to be discussed in detail, projection, has its beginnings in the earliest years of the child’s life but does not become predominant until late childhood and early adolescence. In the broadest sense, projection protects the child from disruptive anxiety by attributing unacceptable feelings, wishes, and impulses to someone else; the disturbing thoughts are placed outside of the self—“ejected” into the external world and attached to some other object.


Memory Trace External World Cognitive Capacity Memory Structure Pomegranate Seed 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Phebe Cramer
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWilliams CollegeWilliamstownUSA

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