Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Comment Elsewhere: Freud's Projector

In a response to a post noting a particularly unhinged bit of public paranoia, I wrote
Some people really need to apply Occam's Razor more often. And Freud's Projector less.

I thought I was just being a little clever with the parallel construction, but Scott claims (and Google seems to confirm) that I was actually being original: the phrase "Freud's Projector" doesn't seem to appear elsewhere on the internet. I'm inordinately proud of this.

Say what you like about Freud -- I certainly do -- but the concept of 'projection' remains a powerful tool for diagnosing social pathologies.


Terry said...

Woohoo! Very cool, A! I've got to admit, though, Freud's Projector calls up some interesting images. I'm picturing an old 8mm reel to reel showing a train pulling into a tunnel. :)

Not Important said...


I've applied Freud's Projector by telling people that you can tell a politician's kinks by listening to what he rails against. And yes, I mean "he."

Ahistoricality said...

That's exactly what I'm talking about, yes.

I suspect, Terry, that Freud would have loved youtube....

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, you coined a phrase!

Anne Zook