acting out


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Noun1.acting out - a (usually irritating) impulsive and uncontrollable outburst by a problem child or a neurotic adultacting out - a (usually irritating) impulsive and uncontrollable outburst by a problem child or a neurotic adult
ebullition, effusion, outburst, blowup, gush - an unrestrained expression of emotion
2.acting out - (psychiatry) the display of previously inhibited emotions (often in actions rather than words)acting out - (psychiatry) the display of previously inhibited emotions (often in actions rather than words); considered to be healthy and therapeutic
psychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology - the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders
display - exhibiting openly in public view; "a display of courage"
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acting out

n (psych) paso al acto, expresión f de emociones o impulsos reprimidos
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According to Donald Kuspit's owner's manual to acting out in the arts, it's possible to control the on/off switch to acting out's motor or mechanism, the "splitting" Freud first tested in his essay on fetishism.
The study of "object relations" (both a focus in psychoanalytic theory and a specific school of analysis) is where splitting and acting out ware assigned the terms of their transferential cure: the acting-out patient, who has a low threshold of tolerance for ambivalence, sets his relations in the concrete by splitting and bouncing apart his "objects" into "good" and "bad.
Case 1: A 5 year old girl with symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, acting outs, oppositional behavior, aggression to other children and her mother.