Psychologist’s fallacy:

Perspectival Fallacy
Definition Example
When an observer presupposes the objectivity of his own perspective when analyzing a behavioral event. My buddies probably wish they were not married just as I do.
This fallacy is usually committed evermore infrequently as people age and explore the opinions and experiences of others outside their own community. This fallacy is similar to the “historian’s fallacy”.

Case Study One

Many theists who feel protected from their own impulses within the stricture of their religion’s moral code accuse those who live without a moral code of having nothing that would prevent them from rape or murder. They subjectively assume that others share the same impulses they possess.

Case Study Two

Many life-long atheists presume that theists are intentinally lying when those theists claim to have experienced a god communicating with them.

Keep in mind that a fallacious argument does not entail an erroneous position.

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