What is Psychological sublimation?

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Mar 14, 2016

To sublimate is to divert or modify an instinctual impulse into a culturally higher or socially more acceptable activity.


Sublimation is a type of defense mechanism where socially unacceptable impulses or idealizations are unconsciously transformed into socially acceptable actions or behavior, possibly resulting in a long-term conversion of the initial impulse.

Sigmund Freud believed that sublimation was a sign of maturity allowing people to function normally in culturally acceptable ways.

Such unacceptable acts will lead to new and learned behaviors that are morally accepted in the community the person is in.

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