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    ...for when someone interprets a person's behaviour to suit themselves?

    e.g. X might think that Y is being distant and defensive, when really X only thinks that because he doesn't want to know about Y and so twists Y's behaviour to justify his lack of understanding of the problem.

    Or, boy tries it on with strange girl because boy found girl attractive and wanted to interpret her behaviour as suggestive.

    Apologies for the clumsiness, haven't studied psychology but might use this term (if I can find it) for English Lit. Thanks.
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    (Original post by common_person)
    ...for when someone interprets a person's behaviour to suit themselves?

    e.g. X might think that Y is being distant and defensive, when really X only thinks that because he doesn't want to know about Y and so twists Y's behaviour to justify his lack of understanding of the problem.

    Or, boy tries it on with strange girl because boy found girl attractive and wanted to interpret her behaviour as suggestive.

    Apologies for the clumsiness, haven't studied psychology but might use this term (if I can find it) for English Lit. Thanks.
    It is an ego defense mechanism referred to as "distortion" I think.

    The definition of distortion(as a defence mechanism) is "A gross reshaping of external reality to meet internal needs."

    I might be wrong though :ninja:
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    Projection, no? It's one of Freuds defense mechanisms.
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    Oh god, distortion seems a bit closer to what I mean but in looking it up I've come across counter-projection and rationalisation, which could also be relevant to other aspects of what I'm studying. fml psychology is complicated.
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    (Original post by common_person)
    Oh god, distortion seems a bit closer to what I mean but in looking it up I've come across counter-projection and rationalisation, which could also be relevant to other aspects of what I'm studying. fml psychology is complicated.
    I know! I am reading up on it and it seems to connect to each other. Though counter-projection seems to speak about a person wanting to focus on the trauma rather than trying to distort it to make them feel better.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defence...nce_mechanisms <<<

    Read all the definitions there hopefully that'll help. I've read them and I think I'm still going to stand by distortion though so many others do sound similar.
 
 
 
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