Projections of all kinds obscure our view of our fellow men, spoiling its objectivity, and thus spoiling all possibility of genuine human relationship.
Jung defined psychological projections as an unconscious transfer of subjective psychic elements onto an outer subject – person or object. An example can clarify this definition.
Suppose someone perceived – right or wrong – his father as tyrannical. As an adult, he may have the tendency not only to act in a tyrannical way but also to project onto people with some authority this feature. He will be convinced – again, right or wrong – that the subject of his projection is a tyrant. It constitutes a psychological projection.