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This is the transfer of emotion away from the correct person, object or experience to a substitute in order to reduce distress.

For example:

  • a man may feel guilty following the death of an neglected elderly parent
  • this emotion is too distressing and is not recognised
  • a displacement defense mechanism might result in the son casting blame on the doctors who cared for her

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