I’m trying to wrap my mind around this Element.
The Dramatica definition says:
Projection is a means of anticipating events and situations by extending the line of how things have been happening into the future. A character that represents Projection has a good grasp of what he might look for in things to come. However, this character will give great weight to past experience so abrupt changes in direction might be ignored until it is too late.
We can see this pretty clearly in illustrations like:
- Making Dire Projections about a Group
- Making Overly Optimistic Projections
- Anticipating That a Group Will Meet a Bad End
However, there is also psychological projection.
Psychological projection is a defense mechanism in which the ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves and attributing them to others … [psychological projection] is more commonly found in narcissistic personality disorder or borderline personality disorder.
Projecting onto Others in the one illustration I found in Subtext that seems to lean toward this definition.
Are these two senses of projection related/different aspects of the same element? At first glance, it would seem like they’re not the same.
However, consider a quote from cult expert Steve Hassan:
“In most groups the leader claims to control or have unique knowledge of the future. He knows how to paint visions of future heaven and hell that will move members in the direction he desires…”
At the same time, psychological projection from narcissistic cult leaders is also a pretty well-established thing.
So from a Dramatica perspective, are these the same thing? Can someone connect the dots for me?