Definition of displacement activity in English:

displacement activity

Line breaks: dis¦place|ment ac¦tiv|ity


  • An animal or human activity that seems inappropriate, such as head-scratching when confused, considered to arise unconsciously when a conflict between antagonistic urges cannot be resolved.
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    • When it happened, it was almost a displacement activity.
    • Yet the whole affair was a displacement activity: an exercise in self-deception.
    • What choice did I have but to find some displacement activity?

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