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Definition of the noun acting out

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  1. a (usually irritating) impulsive and uncontrollable outburst by a problem child or a neurotic adult
  2. (psychiatry) the display of previously inhibited emotions (often in actions rather than words); considered to be healthy and therapeutic


  1. "Acting Out" is a book by French philosopher Bernard Stiegler. It is composed of two short works, "How I Became a Philosopher," and "To Love, To Love Me, To Love Us: From September 11 to April 21," which were published separately in French in 2003 as Passer à l'acte and Aimer, s'aimer, nous aimer: Du 11 septembre au 21 avril. Acting Out was published by Stanford University Press in 2009, and the translators were David Barison, Daniel Ross, and Patrick Crogan.
    • subject: Philosophy
  2. "Acting out" is a book by Roland W. Betts.
    • also known as "Acting out: coping with big city schools"
  3. "Acting out" is a book by Christen Anne Smith.
    • also known as "Acting out: theater and the politics of citizenship at the periphery in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil"


"Acting Out" is a film, directed by Carl Gurevich & Ralph Rosenblum.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Adolescence (2014)

by Roger J.R. Levesque

Acting out can be understood from the perspective of several disciplines, but it figures most prominently in therapeutic settings and those concerned with delinquent or other risky behavior (see Alexander and Sexton M; Overbeek et al. M).

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Ethics (2008)

by Harry J. Gensler, Earl W. Spurgin

acting out of love ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Special Education (2007)

A Reference for the Education of Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Disabilities and Other Exceptional Individuals by Cecil R. Reynolds, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen

TELZROW Kent State University CONGENITAL DISORDERS MINOR PHYSICAL ANOMALIES ACTING OUT Acting out has been defined by Harriman (1975) as the “direct expression of conflicted tensions in annoying or antisocial ...

Google previewCampbell's Psychiatric Dictionary (2009)

by Robert Jean Campbell

acting out action understanding Particularly in the early phase of treatment, it may take the form of disruptive, inappropriate,

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Libertarianism (2008)

by Ronald Hamowy

Acting out of duty has to be distinguished from acting in accordance with duty. The latter amounts to an action conforming to what duty commands, which, for Kant, is not sufficient for moral worth. Rather, for an action to be moral, the agent has ...

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It's tough when take 1 is technically okay and take 2 has better acting. Out here (Hollywood) they print the first one. That's the one where we all hit the mark on the floor and who cares about the acting. (Judy Holliday)
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