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." In the everyday life of the child we can observe little one, once the tantrum subsides, announce that the bad child is gone now and the good one is back.
Case 1: A 5 year old girl with symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, acting outs, oppositional behavior, aggression to other children and her mother.