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Watch Your Projection

Watch Your Projection

This morning, I made coffee for Jenn, but I only poured her half a cup. When I gave the coffee mug to her, she was annoyed. “Why didn’t you pour me a full cup?” she asked. Why indeed? After a moment of self-reflection, I realized that when I drink coffee, I like to...
How the Person Who Annoys You is Actually a Gift

How the Person Who Annoys You is Actually a Gift

We each have people in our lives who annoy us. Maybe it’s a family member, friend, or co-worker. Maybe it’s your spouse or kids. When someone annoys me, my initial reaction is to get angry or distance myself from the person. This is natural—it doesn’t feel good to be...
3 Steps to Work Through Projection

3 Steps to Work Through Projection

Projection is a defense mechanism we use to deal with the parts of ourselves that we don’t like. When we engage in projection, we take unacceptable parts of ourselves, and “project” them on to someone else. Projection often shows up as judging someone harshly. Our...
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