displacement activity


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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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I know it is a displacement activity which is very bad for my backside but I started it earlier this year and can't stop - as my muffin top will confirm.
In business, the displacement activity of choice is meetings.
My own displacement activity was to ponder the headline punning potential of Rico's hat-trick - Getting into Gear, Third Gear, Top Gear, etc, etc.
YEARS ago, whenever my grandmother saw something unpalatable on her television screen she would shuffle uncomfortably on the settee, re-arrange the anti-macassar as a displacement activity and proclaim ``This is a lot of soft.
Aaaanyway, I bought a new handle, ooh, about six months ago, but it was only during today's mad rush of displacement activity that I got round to putting it on.
But according to Dr Evans, scientific adviser to Slimming Magazine Clubs, doing something as a displacement activity helps break the overeating habit.
Most people assume that a purring cat is associated with contentment, but it's a displacement activity.