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Fantasy Projection

Description: Confusing subjective experiences, usually very emotionally charged, with objective realities, then suggesting or demanding that others accept the fantasy as truth.

Logical Form:

Person 1 has subjective experience X.

Person 1 incorrectly believes that experience X represents reality.

Therefore, person 1 insists that others accept that X represents reality.

Example #1:

Freddie: People are mean to me wherever I go. It is clear that we live in a cruel world with nasty people. If you don't see that, something is wrong with you!

Explanation: Perhaps people are mean to Freddie because Freddie is mean to others, and it's Freddie's behavior that is resulting in the "mean" behaviors of others (this is known as a self-fulfilling prophecy). Freddie is projecting his experience, which is unique to him, onto the world at large. He is insisting that other people see humanity the way he does.

Example #2:

We are all surrounded by Narggles. These are spiritual beings who help us through life. We know they exist because they are the ones that give us the confidence to move forward in a decision.

Explanation: Ignoring the circular reasoning (how we "know" Narggles exist), one person's fantasy might be their own reality, but not everyone else's.

Tip: When you make a bad decision, that is due to Kerplunkers.


This a logical fallacy frequently used on the Internet. No academic sources could be found.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 06:43:05 AM
Are megalomaniacs who for example say and believe that they are Napoleon, Queen Victoria etc. also commiting this fallacy?

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Bo Bennett, PhD
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 06:47:58 AM
I would say that is more than a fallacy, rather delusions of grandeur. They are different in scale everyday fantasy projection.

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