If you know anything about a 4-wheel drive vehicle, you probably know it has a transfer case, and if you know a little something about psychology, you most likely understand the concept of transference. An incident occurred earlier in the week that caused me to think of both.
When I arrived at work on Tuesday, I found a new welcome sign painted on the side of the building. It wasn’t a message of love, but one that expressed a pathetic dislike for the police in some rather blunt and rude language.
Why would a person use the FCC building as a canvas to proclaim his dislike for the El Dorado Police Department? The answer is transference. Instead of addressing the anger he has for the police, to the police, he projected those feelings upon the church.
I know very little about the individual who wielded the can of spray paint, and I know nothing about his circumstances in life; but, as I said in another post: We may not be responsible for the circumstances of life, but we are responsible for the way we respond to them.
To understand a case of transference, it might help to have a basic understanding of a transfer case. If you drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle, your transfer case transfers power from the transmission to the front and rear axles through the drive shafts.
In a sense, the transfer case acts as a brain that synchronizes the flow of power to the rear wheels and the front wheels through the drive shafts. I’m not sure how the brain of this vandal was working, but I do know the flow of power was misdirected.
I’m also pretty sure the future has few gold mines for this misfit, and I’m certain we’ve been left with the shaft to clean up.
As I think of this incident, I’m left with a question: Which is more difficult, cleaning brick and mortar or cleansing the thought process of the mind?
It’s been said that charisma is the transference of enthusiasm; what thoughts, feelings, and emotions do you project upon others?