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Can you think of any recent bad day you had? Perhaps your employer or co-worker regularly criticised you irrationally, your children were disobedient with your wishes, or your spouse angered you – and you cannot express your anger directly to that person for any reasons? Chances are that a minor trigger of provocation afterwards can cause you to explode with anger due to the frustration you could not express earlier.

When you are unable to resolve your anger, it may become displaced. It means you directed your provocation towards someone or something else who is not involved in your initial troubles.

Anyone observing this provocative reaction might even see it as being more than what to expect from a trivial incitement. This syndrome or defence mechanism may be referred to as “displaced aggression”.

What is Displaced Aggression syndrome?

Displaced aggression syndrome is simply a provocative behaviour that cannot be aggressed towards the source of the provocation.

Rather, it involves taking out your negative feelings, frustrations, and impulses on objects or people that are less threatening.

If you are truly looking to make your life and the world a better place, displaced aggression syndrome is one of the challenging hurdles to conquer.

Is displaced aggression syndrome dangerous?

There is nothing essentially wrong with experiencing your anger, but it is vital that the provocation be directed toward the right source at a “reasonable level”.

Displaced anger is neither necessary nor beneficial to anyone, and can be dangerous. It can push away the people who have a positive impact on your life.

Moreover, when you displace anger, the real cause of your anger often goes unaddressed. This can cause emotions to worsen and explode later, which can be very dangerous and hardly ends well. Misdirecting anger will never solve the issue.

Depending on the situation, it can make things even worse or create a new problem in general. Therefore, it is essential to avoid displacing anger at all cost.

Does displaced aggression has any benefit?

According to a general survey conducted, the only benefit of displaced expression is that it makes the aggressor feels better. Besides, nothing bad really happens to anyone or any object that the anger was directed to.

Ten Things Displaced Aggression Syndrome Can Make You Do Without Knowing

  1. Easily pissed off or become distraught over one offhand comment or two
  2. Intense jealousy
  3. Maintaining habits that you are holding you back
  4. Making problems into patterns
  5. Finding faults or problems with everyone you know
  1. Easily pissed off or become distraught over one offhand comment or two
  2. Intense jealousy
  3. Maintaining habits that you are holding you back
  4. Making problems into patterns
  5. Finding faults or problems with everyone you know
  6. Maladaptive daydreaming
  7. Hyper self-conscious and struggling with body issues
  8. Trouble with empathy
  9. You worry about freak circumstances and unlikely possibilities
  10. Consistently worrying about what other people think

How To Managed Displaced Aggression Syndrome (As the Victim)

How do you stop yourself from displacing your aggression on the wrong party? Here are some tips to consider:

  • Be silent and disengage – Understand that there is no point in explaining or arguing. Whatever you say will only worsen the situation. Hence, the first step in handling someone else’s anger is to disengage lovingly. This means not to verbally respond. Rather, you should walk away quietly.
  • Take appropriate action as an adult – Do not let people take advantage of you. At the same time, never assume they are particularly upsetting or being rude to you. Hence, avoid acting instinctually with responses from the wounds you received when you were helpless. If there is an actual risk, make sure you distance yourself from it. To feel safe, it is important that you learn to take actions that could save the situation.
  • Break The Chain – As a victim of displaced aggression, it is a nice idea to not continue the link by passing your provocation to someone or something else. Take a moment to ponder and forget that feeling of anger with a fresh perspective.

How To Managed Displaced Aggression Syndrome (As the Aggressor)

  • Self-awareness – the first step to defeat displaced aggression is to understand the principles of reflection and self-awareness. If you have traces of displaced aggression syndrome, try to be conscious of it and make efforts to prevent them in the future.
  • Comfort yourself – reacting immediately to something that provokes you does not give you the time to process what is really bothering you. Breathe deeply, mindfully focusing on the exhale, which facilitates relaxation. Give it a moment and then consider what you are reacting to. Open up to your Higher Power, and ask for help in bringing comfort and love to yourself.
  • Reconnect with yourself – We all need to discover our unique ways of reconnecting with ourselves. Maybe reading, listening to music, or doing something creative. Holding a pet can also bring calmness. However, it is up to you to take loving action and resolution unless both of you are ready to listen and take constructive action. If you are able to speak about it, do so with openness to learning about both of you. Learning can bring about healing and change.
  • Speak with the other person – Once you have dealt with your fear and the other person is open and available, then you can decide to speak about the situation. Otherwise, there is no point trying to talk about it. You cannot achieve anything unless both of you are ready to take constructive action. If you can speak about the situation in all openness, then you can expect it to bring about healing and positive change.


Regardless of what the initial trigger might be, displaced aggression is not going to encourage a positive more successful existence for anyone. If you are struggling with the syndrome as either the victim or the aggressor, note that it can take much practice to be healed.

If you find it difficult to manage the situation, then I suggest you schedule an appointment for trauma therapy. They are supportive in helping to get rid of the syndrome so you can stay composed in the face of another displaced anger.

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