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displacement activity

Uncertain; an irrelevant activity produced by an excess of one or more conflicting drives in an organism.
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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.
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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.
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Root-Bernstein, "Displacement activities during the honeybee transition from waggle dance to foraging," Animal Behaviour, vol.
Certainly they met on an incongruous plane: they were both compensating for their own disorders, by putting all their energies into displacement activities, and these were largely the same: fashion, society, endless socializing, and meeting people who somehow, many of them, were not quite what they could or should have been.
"You're starting to see weird forms of acting out, neurotic displacement activities. Fetishes, even.
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.
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.