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    What's the meaning of "displacement" in the following sentence?
    Aggression has been explained as an instinct that is directed externally toward others in a process called displacement​.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EnglishLearner1990 View Post
    What's the meaning of "displacement" in the following sentence?
    Aggression has been explained as an instinct that is externally toward others in a process called displacement​.
    That is an ungrammatical sentence. Please check that you have copied it correctly and tell us where you found it.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That is an ungrammatical sentence. Please check that you have copied it correctly and tell us where you found it.
    I corrected a mistake in the previous post. (...is directed...​)

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    The source is "LONGMAN Preparation Course for the TOEFL Test".

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    Displacement (psychology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    It's a psychological defence mechanism. The above link gives a few usages for it.
    The psychological meaning I'm most familiar with is the situation in which a person displaces their bad feelings onto an innocent person. For example, if your boss has given you a hard time at work one day, you go home and argue with your spouse or kick the dog. It's displacing a legitimate feeling towards A onto an innocent B.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Displacement (psychology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    It's a psychological defence mechanism. The above link gives a few usages for it.
    The psychological meaning I'm most familiar with is the situation in which a person displaces their bad feelings onto an innocent person. For example, if your boss has given you a hard time at work one day, you go home and argue with your spouse or kick the dog. It's displacing a legitimate feeling towards A onto an innocent B.
    Thank you very much.

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