The inclination to skew perceptions of others based on fantasy. The “distortion” is in the perception of others, based not on actual experience with the individual but from a projected fantasy personality.
My thanks to a fellow Logophile for passing this word along.
- Do we perceive reality? The checker shadow illusion. (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Distortions of mind perception in psychopathology (mindblog.dericbownds.net)