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Sublimation

A coping mechanism involving the diversion of destructive impulses into acceptable outlets.

Example: A notorious bully joins the Marines and excels in hand-to-hand combat. He eventually learns to enjoy training new recruits.

Sublimation
APA Reference
Grinnell, R. (2016). Sublimation. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 19, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/sublimation/