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.
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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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