When I was 12, my family was a battlefield. The three other members were embroiled in contentious arguments, while I played (or attempted to play) the role of peacemaker. Because I considered myself the family diplomat, I repressed anger and rage. However, these feelings projected outward in the form of anxiety. As a result, I suffered from paralyzing OCD. Psychological projection takes many forms. In this episode, I consider the work of Joseph Burgo in Why Do I Do That? to delineate psychological defenses. In addition to anxiety, we also project shame.

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Standing ground for desire through self-study of philosophy and psychoanalysis, self-reflection, and creative sublimation through the work of literary fiction.

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