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About Fruit Loops and PI Racer

Posted by gardenergirl on July 6, 2006, at 15:39:44

In reply to Re: Projective identification stands up/ recognize Dinah, posted by Racer on July 2, 2006, at 12:16:39

> Now, I'm just plain Froot Loops...

No way! You're Total. Totally! ;)

>Think about someone who accuses you of prejudice or racism, as a way of reducing their own guilt over their own racist or prejudiced views? You may, indeed, have a reaction to that -- and are likely to try to throw that mud back, which kinda continues the problem.

Racism is used a lot when discussing projective identification outside of therapy interactions. This may be because we all have prejudices of some kind, and we have been exposed to negative stereotypes. (Having prejudices is not in and of itself bad, because you can also "self-correct" your prejudices in the face of real situations and interactions.) But feeling this way may be too uncomfortable for us to tolerate in ourselves if one views this as wholly "bad". So we try to toss that hot potato into someone else, who then reacts either by containing and "cooling" the hot potato before tossing it back, or by feeling "burned" by it and acting out about it.

Sharp brain? or Sharp tongue? :)





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