Example, Jim calls Bob a alcoholic, because he is one, Bob drinks alcohol every day and excessively. Bob then starts calling Jim a alcoholic too, even though Jim has never touched a drink in his life.

What is a word/name/phrase that sums up someone like Bob?

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Is there a word or name to call someone that gets called a name, yet uses the same name to call others?

I'm not certain there is a word to describe a person, but to describe the act:


meaning 6b.

: the attribution of one's own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people or to objects especially

: the externalization of blame, guilt, or responsibility as a defense against anxiety

Or the Urban dictionary has these definitions:

Projection (Psychological)

1) An unconscious self-defence mechanism characterised by a person unconsciously attributing their own issues onto someone or something else as a form of delusion and denial.

2) A way to blame others for your own negative thoughts by repressing them and then attributing them to someone else. Due to the sorrowful nature of delusion and denial it is very difficult for the target to be able to clarify the reality of the situation.

3) A way to transfer guilt for your own thoughts, emotions and actions onto another as a way of not admitting your guilt to yourself.

  • This is a noun that can equally serve as a verb. "is he projecting again", "he just projected the whole thing on me as usual", "he just projects it all on everyone else" etc..

A narcissist is an archetypical example of such a person. I'm not sure if every instance of projection is necessarily evidence of narcissism, though.

See https://www.learning-mind.com/what-is-psychological-projection/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissism#Traits_and_signs

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