SYMBOLIC DISPLACEMENT By N., Pam M.S. - April 13, 2013 mechanism of moving answer, usually emotional one, from its primary source to the one that is presented by it. To represent another stimulus by replacing the previous one and get the same response. SYMBOLIC DISPLACEMENT: "Example of symbolic displacement can be observed when a person with aggressive urges feels too strong animosity of weapon." Related Psychology Terms PSYCHOLOGICAL REFRACTORY PERIOD (PRP) STIMULUS FUNCTION PRIMARY REINFORCEMENT BLANK TRIAL PSEUDOCONDITIONING STAIRCASE METHOD ANTICIPATORY RESPONSE LOCALIZATION BETA MOVEMENT STIMULUS-RESPONSE COMPATIBILITY Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SYMBOLIC DISPLACEMENT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/symbolic-displacement/ (accessed April 18, 2021).