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Old 12-19-2009
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Psyche Is this displacement?

A man got angry with his wife he then goes and perform the hardest ever work out in the gym.
What mental defense mechanism is this?
a- displacement
b- projection
c- reaction formation
d- sublimation
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I think its sublimation!

Because in displacement, the feelings are transferred to a neutral person (i.e. yelling at your wife when you come home because your boss yelled at you at work) or an object (i.e. hitting a wall instead of hitting your wife).

But in sublimation you use your anger or frustration to your advantage ( i.e. in this case the person did the hardest work out in gym like burning more calories
, lifting more weights).

I hope this helps, can someone also verify this!!!
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You are absolutely right Tima
This is sublimation in which the person vents out internal desires in the form of perfectly acceptable social behavior (working out in gym).
It's not displacement.

check this out for more examples
Husban & Wife in Mental Defense Mechanisms; Some interesting examples

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