REVERSAL OF AFFECT

Modification of a harmful impulse into its opposite.

REVERSAL OF AFFECT: "Metamorphosis of a masochistic impulse to a sadistic impulse, trading off inflicting pain on oneself to inflict pain on others, is an example of reversal of affect."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "REVERSAL OF AFFECT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/reversal-of-affect/ (accessed November 28, 2020).
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