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What is it called when someone always tries to shift the attention to someone else when theyre being told they are doing something incorrect? For example: A manager is telling an employee that they are taking to long with a project and that employees response is always "well what about so and so? What are they doing?"

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  • There are multiple aspects of this. One is 'shifting blame'. Another is the recently popular 'whataboutism' (appeal to hypocrisy/pot calling kettle black). – Mitch Jan 14 at 14:24
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  • A manager is telling an employee that they are taking to long with a
    project and the employees response is the usual deflection: "well what about so and so?

deflection. MacMillan Dictionary

[transitive] to direct criticism, attention, or blame away from yourself towards someone else

In Psychology, deflection is seen as a narcissistic abuse tactic used to control the mind and emotions of others.

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