According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, a psychological Defense Mechanism is
…in psychoanalytic theory, any of a group of mental processes that enables the mind to reach compromise solutions to conflicts that it is unable to resolve. The process is usually unconscious, and the compromise generally involves concealing from oneself internal drives or feelings that threaten to lower self-esteem or provoke anxiety.
(italics mine – cziltang)
Of particular interest to me is the concept of Projection. From the same source:
3. Projection is a form of defense in which unwanted feelings are displaced onto another person, where they then appear as a threat from the external world. A common form of projection occurs when an individual, threatened by his own angry feelings, accuses another of harbouring hostile thoughts.
Simply put, I have thoughts and feelings I am ashamed of, or don’t fit with what I profess to believe, so I ignore or repress them and instead accuse you of the very things I can’t accept about myself.
I’ve believed run of the mill leftists had serious projection issues for a long time. But hey, draw your own conclusions. Unlike most of the people in this country, I don’t give a rat’s ass whether you agree with me or not.