Psychological Projection is a defense mechanism when an individual attributes their own unacceptable thoughts, feelings, behavior or motives to another person.
In doing so, they defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses, characteristics, attitudes or qualities denying their existence in themselves and attributing them to others.
Remember those bullies during our early school days causing needless pain projecting their own damaged selves.
Unfortunately, some school bullies become adults – even graduate from elite boarding, independent and Ivy League schools.
Some even become president, senators and members of Congress.
The titles, spaces and times shift, but the psychosis continues.