It's the problem of the "pot calling the kettle black." :)
My favorite example of pot calling kettle black is a person I know who speaks all the time in an extremely abstract, esoteric, and academic fashion. It's as if this guy is on Professor-lecture mode 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This guy would probably talk to his 2 year old baby in the same way he would drone on to students about his stance on epistemology. :) Moreover, this guy is aggressively and relentlessly socratic in virtually everything he says.
Anyway, I have nothing against abstract-in-the-clouds intellectuals, so long as they touch ground with reality once in awhile. ;)
The interesting to me about this guy is that this overly abstract, uber-intellectual guy often complains about other people whom he thinks are too "academic" in their thinking!!!!! :) Moreover, he also complains about how he dislikes it when others use the socratic method, because he believes the socratic method of questioning is manipulative and controlling!!!!!!
My question is: is this guy just totally blind to the fact that the "academic" qualities he's complaining about in others is in himself, too? Or, does this guy in fact realize that he himself is overly abstract and academic, and that when he criticizes others for being that way, it's a weird way of being critical of himself?
Does anyone else have examples of people who have immense blindspots to the existence of certain personality traits within themselves?