Psychologist Paul Siegel, PhD, explains why Trump accuses others of doing things that he is actually guilty of in Psychology Today. He reveals himself most clearly on twitter.
On July 8, 2018 Trump tweeted: “Public opinion has turned strongly against the Rigged Witch Hunt and the ‘Special’ Counsel because the public understands that there was no Collusion with Russia (so ridiculous), that the two FBI lovers were a fraud against our Nation & that the only Collusion was with the Dems!”
Evidence shows that every statement Trump made in the tweet is false. Yet psychologically, two points about tweets like these are revealing.
Trump compulsively tweets about the ongoing investigation, although the tweets only give Mueller’s team more firepower. More, Trump repeatedly calls the Mueller team the same thing that he would be called if evidence of collusion with the Kremlin was found- a fraud.
Siegel explains, “Too often, Trump sounds like he is turning things inside (of him) out, engaging in the unconscious defense mechanism that Freud called projection: the attribution of one’s own forbidden -- and typically malevolent -- motives, impulses, or emotions to others. When people project, what is true about oneself instead becomes true of others.”
Trump’s compulsive projections are indicators of unconscious guilt.
Siegel continues “only guilty politicians need to tell lies about investigations into their conduct.”