My personality dysfunction (rooted in trauma) seems to manifest as finding it challenging not to identify with people’s projections onto me. So I tend to have a compulsion to try to hand the projection back. I have come to understand these people from the perspective of statistical outliers, representing a tiny fraction of 1% of the people who comment on my writing, but it’s not possible for me to cognitively short-circuit my emotional reactions or force myself not to have the reactions that I clearly do have. All I can do is practice bringing awareness and equanimity to them, and I choose to share my process with the world.

An engineer-psychologist focused on machine intelligence. I write from my own experience to support others in living more fulfilling lives |

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