The replacement of good and evil with progressive virtue and progressive vice causes problems in the individual progressive psyche because people have an inherent sense of good and evil which cannot be comfortably suppressed and replaced with virtue categories that don’t reflect their natural, internal compasses. A symptom of this psychological unease with progressive virtue categories is a special case of the projection defense mechanism which I humbly refer to as progressive projection. Projection has been defined as “the process by which one ascribes one’s own traits, emotions, dispositions, etc. to another . . . with the implication that there is an accompanying denial that one has these feelings or tendencies . . . ”* A subcategory of this defense mechanism – progressive projection – is ubiquitous in progressives because progressive virtue is different from goodness. Progressive virtue, by definition, is not “good,” and, deep down, progressives know it and are troubled by it. Thus they take their own unconscious and unacceptable impulses and traits and, without consciously realizing it, project them as the presumed impulses and traits of their opponents. In this way, progressive projection eases their unconscious psychic pain.
progressive projection n : a special case of the projection defense mechanism in which a progressive attributes impulses and traits that he himself has but cannot accept to his opponents; it is ubiquitous in progressives because of the psychologically uneasy replacement of the virtue categories of good and evil with progressive virtue and progressive vice.
For example, progressives abhor hypocrisy. Many of them believe that they enjoy unfair advantages (whether they do in reality or not). Yet they refuse to give them up, which often leads to the unconscious judgement that they themselves are hypocrites. This trait is unacceptable, so they unconsciously defend themselves by becoming hypersensitive to any real or imagined hypocrisy in others.
Progressive virtue, by definition, is not “good,” and, deep down, progressives know it and are troubled by it.
Whenever a progressive negatively represents his opponents in an emotional manner, take note. Think about what they’re saying and whether it could be objectively applied to them. It’s usually progressive projection. They’re probably unconsciously describing themselves.
* Arthur S. Reber, The Penguin Dictionary of Psychology: Fourth Edition, (Penguin, 2009), p. 570.