Asked by Emmanuel Basulto on Mar 10, 2024



Redirecting aggressive or sexual impulses toward a less threatening target is referred to as

A) regression.
B) reaction formation.
C) projection.
D) displacement.


A defense mechanism where emotional impulses are redirected from the original source to a non-threatening target.

Aggressive Impulses

Innate drives or tendencies to act or react in a hostile or violent manner towards others or oneself.


A defense mechanism leading individuals to revert to earlier stages of development and behaviors under stress or discomfort.

  • Examine the psychological reasons behind the displacement of emotions and behaviors.

Verified Answer

Brenda Jackson

Mar 10, 2024

Final Answer :
Explanation :
Displacement is the act of transferring aggressive or sexual impulses from their original object or target to a less threatening one, such as taking out frustration on a family member after a bad day at work.