SYMBOLIC DISPLACEMENT By N., Sam M.S. - 5 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 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Identifying Relevant Theories and Models Developing a Case Study Selecting a Diagnosis ADOLESCENCE (Theories) Evaluation of a Quantitative Study REACTION TIME (Response Latency) Evaluation of a Qualitative Study The Effects of Trauma on Clients and Counselors HABIT Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "SYMBOLIC DISPLACEMENT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/symbolic-displacement/ (accessed December 2, 2021).