Does any huberman podcast talk about psychological phenomenon which is called projection


Yes, the has discussed the psychological phenomenon of projection in-depth. In an episode featuring , he detailed the differences between projection, displacement, and projective identification. Here are the key points:

  • Projection: This occurs when someone doesn't acknowledge their own feelings or emotions and instead attributes them to others. For instance, if someone is angry, they might insist that it's someone else who is mad, not them.
  • Displacement: This involves shifting emotional responses from the original source to a safer target. For example, instead of expressing anger at a superior who might retaliate, someone might take out their anger on a pet.
  • Projective Identification: Unlike projection, this defense mechanism involves inducing feelings in others that one is experiencing themselves, often subconsciously. For instance, being anxious and tense can lead others around to feel the same way, even though there's no intention of making them feel that way.

These mechanisms impact our emotions and relationships, and awareness of them can foster positive behavioral changes 1.

Understanding Defense Mechanisms

Explore the definitions and examples of projection, displacement, and projective identification as Andrew and Paul discuss how these defense mechanisms impact our emotions and relationships. Discover how awareness and reflection can lead to positive change in our behaviors and interactions.

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Dr. Paul Conti: How to Understand & Assess Your Mental Health | Huberman Lab Guest Series