SCAPEGOATING By N., Pam M.S. - April 28, 2013 Practice wherein an undeserving party is singled out for unmerited negative treatment, generally by someone or something more powerful than themselves. See also: projection. SCAPEGOATING: "All the children joined in scapegoating the unpopular boy." Related Psychology Terms THIRD-PARTY PAYER PROJECTION PROJECTIVE IDENTIFICATION 1 ALTERNATIVE BEHAVIOR COMPLETION SELECTIVE RESPONSE PROUST PHENOMENON JEALOUSY PARANOID-SCHIZOID POSITION AFFECTIVE DISCHARGE CONDITIONED REINFORCER Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SCAPEGOATING," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/scapegoating/ (accessed August 7, 2020).