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condition. Doing so may help her not to feel all the pain, anger, and onslaught of other  emotions provoked by the imminent death of her beloved. Projection Projection can be defined as attributing to others one’s own unacceptable or unwanted  thoughts and/or emotions. Projection reduces anxiety in the way that it allows the  expression of the impulse or desire, without letting the ego recognize it. This defense mechanism "projects" one's own undesirable thoughts, motivations,  desires, feelings—basically parts of oneself—onto someone else (usually another  person, but psychological projection onto animals and inanimate objects also occurs). To understand the process, imagine an individual (Alice, for example) who feels dislike  for another person (let's say Bob), but whose  unconscious mind  will not allow her to  become aware of this negative emotion. Instead of admitting to herself that she feels  dislike for Bob, she projects her dislike onto Bob, so that her conscious thought is not "I  don't like Bob," but rather "Bob doesn't like me." In this way one can see that projection  is related to  denial , the only defense mechanism that is considered more primitive than  projection. Alice has denied a part of herself that is desperate to come to the surface.  She cannot flatly deny that she dislikes Bob, so instead she projects the dislike, thinking that it is Bob who dislikes her. This concept was anticipated by  Friedrich Nietzsche : "He who fights with monsters  might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an  abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."  (Beyond Good and Evil) When addressing psychological trauma, this defense mechanism sometimes becomes  "counter projection," including an obsession to continue and remain in a recurring  trauma-causing situation and the compulsive obsession with the perceived perpetrator 
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of the trauma or its projection. In this context,  Carl Jung  wrote, "All projections provoke  counter-projection when the object is unconscious of the quality projected upon it by the subject." Rationalization In  psychology , rationalization is the process of constructing a logical justification for a  decision that was originally arrived at through a different mental process. This process  can range from fully conscious (e.g. to present an external defense against ridicule from others) to mostly  subconscious  (e.g. to create a block against internal feelings of guilt).  Simply put, rationalization is making excuses for one's mistakes, and by doing so  avoiding self-condemnation or condemnation by others.
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