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displacement activity

Uncertain; an irrelevant activity produced by an excess of one or more conflicting drives in an organism.

displacement activity

One of the psychological DEFENCE MECHANISMS. Frustrated emotions aroused by a person, idea or object are transferred to another person, idea or object. Thus an aggrieved employee might take out his resentment on a punch-bag.

displacement activity

any animal behaviour that takes place outside its normal context, usually in a stress situation. It has been interpreted as being a result of aggression and fleeing drives occurring together. Examples include false brooding in birds; birds picking up nesting material from the ground and throwing it away on being disturbed from the nest; sticklebacks suddenly digging in the vertical position during a boundary clash. See VACUUM ACTIVITY.

activity

the quality or process of releasing energy or of accomplishing an effect.

displacement activity
an instinctive behavior pattern, exhibited out of context and believed to be a means of relieving tension in the animal. Usually performed when the animal is in a state of high arousal or when it is frustrated in the performance of some instinctive activity. Seen as sexual mounting, digging, tail chasing, or excessive grooming in cats.
economic activity
a method of producing a specific product, e.g. fine wool, white veal.
enzyme activity
the catalytic effect exerted by an enzyme, expressed as units per milligram of enzyme (specific activity) or molecules of substrate transformed per minute per molecule of enzyme (molecular activity).
activity gross income
the total value of production, rather than the income, for a particular activity.
activity gross margin
the gross income of an activity less its variable costs.
intermediate activity
production of a commodity which is not sold but is used as an input to some other enterprise, e.g. crop used on the farm as stock feed.
optical activity
the ability of a chemical compound to rotate the plane of polarization of plane-polarized light.
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But I think you need a few displacement activities.
Having taken this virtuous step, the dizzying range of displacement activities in which he now engages are no longer seen as a distraction from work but as alternative settings in which work may take place: going for walks, going swimming, visiting art galleries, meeting friends, and even taking a trip in an airplane.
I had hoped that detailed presentations on the origin and functions of adjunctive behavior would have made it clear that the correspondence I noted between displacement activities and adjunctive behavior has nothing to do with Lorenzian relief hydraulics (Falk, 1971, 1977, 1986).
Yet missing most of all from this cornocopia of Yuletide displacement activities is the Boxing Day edition of Holiday '75/'76/'77 (whatever) presented by Cliff Mitchelmore with a special report from Frank and Nesta Bough on their trip to the Algarve.