symptom formation

n.

The process of developing a physical or behavioral substitute for an unconscious impulse or a conflict that causes anxiety, such as avoiding crowds.symptom substitution

Nearby words

  1. symposiarch,
  2. symposiast,
  3. symposium,
  4. symptom,
  5. symptom complex,
  6. symptomatic,
  7. symptomatic anthrax,
  8. symptomatic porphyria,
  9. symptomatic pruritus,
  10. symptomatic reaction


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