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1 The act or process of turning round. In psychoanalysis, a defence mechanism whereby an instinctual aim changes into its opposite, usually from an active to a passive form, as when sexual sadism turns to sexual masochism or voyeurism to exhibitionism (1). Also called reversal into the opposite.

2 Another name for a reversal error in reading or writing.

Subjects: Psychology.


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