Thorp, John M., Jr. (2019). Sublimate Rather than Scream. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 126(4)
The psychological term sublimation arises from the Latin word sublimare, which means ‘to raise to a higher status’. It is specifically used to describe the behaviour in which we choose to modify the expression of an impulse from a self-destructive response to one with better ends for both the individual and society. A simple example would be to experience great anger and, rather than do or say something harmful, to go out and chop wood and thereafter give the firewood produced to a needy neighbour. It is often used by both clinicians and patients in response to unexpected adverse events and two commentaries in this issue of BJOG can illustrate the concept.
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Thorp, John M., Jr.