What's a word to describe a person that accuses others of feeling how they feel because they are ashamed of that feeling within themselves?


Cathy is a classic [noun] - she would loudly criticise Sue for arriving to the office late, though Cathy had also been known to arrive late on more than one occasion.

Jim described me as irresponsible for taking the weekend off away from my family, but I think he was [adjective] here, feeling guilty himself for working long hours during the week and not seeing his family.

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  • Hi Casey - I think a lot of your questions could be improved with an example. I'll edit this one to show you what I mean. – dwjohnston Jul 24 '15 at 0:19

Projection might be what you are referring to.

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection:

Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against unpleasant impulses by denying their existence in themselves, while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude.

According to some research, the projection of one's negative qualities onto others is a common process in everyday life.

In short, the person would be said to be projecting.


scapegoater: one that makes a scapegoat of something or somebody


Narcissist? They tend to place blame on others rather than accepting that something is their fault.

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