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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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.