The Pronoun Disorder

A pronoun, for those of you who snoozed through grammar classes, is a word that replaces a noun, for example, (in non-disordered form) “My cat hunts boomerangbedroom slippers” becomes “He hunts bedroom slippers.”  ‘He’ is the pronoun replacing the noun ‘cat’.

Ah, the disorder, you ask? It’s all about psychology………..

Instead of Jasper admitting, “I am angry”, he insists, “You seem angry”. Here’s another example – instead of Mary saying, “I want Thai food for dinner,” She insists, “I’ll bet you want Thai food”.  Or, Andy is helpful, “I bet you don’t want to visit your mother” when he means, “I dread visiting your mother”.

In psychology, we have a legitimate term – we call it projection – when we attribute thoughts and feelings to others that really belong to us. This is more amusing. You prefer the faux pathological disorder. You enjoyed this post. (The noun is ‘Linda’ prefers the faux disorder).

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