i don’t know in any official capacity, but it SOUNDS defensive: it’s assigning yourself the power of multiple people. when you’ve been in situations where you have no power, assigning your opinion to multiple people/family members makes more SENSE.
that’s what i was thinking! i looked up defense mechanisms, though, and i couldn’t find anything specific about it though. i suppose it could have something to do with the dissociation defense mechanism? but i’ve only taken an intro to psych class + read up on the internet, so who knows.
but i mean, that’s how it feels to me when i think back on the times that i’ve used the we/us pronouns in conversations - it’s always been in situations where i’ve felt like people wouldn’t take my opinions seriously if they were coming just from me. or if i’m uncertain about something i’ll say “we’re going to […]” or “is it okay if we […]” or the familial “we” - falling back on family.