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  1. "Acting-out" a.k.a. "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" a.k.a. "Acting out" is a book by Roland W. Betts.
    • also known as "Acting out: coping with big city schools"
  3. "Acting-out" a.k.a. "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" a.k.a. "Acting Out" is a film, directed by Carl Gurevich & Ralph Rosenblum.


Acting-out a.k.a. Acting out is a psychological term from the parlance of defense mechanisms and self-control, meaning to perform an action in contrast to bearing and managing the impulse to perform it. The acting done is usually anti-social and may take the form of acting on the impulses of an addiction or in a means designed to garner attention.

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Google previewDictionary of Social Welfare (2016)

by Noel W Timms, Rita Timms

Acting-out behaviour is characteristic of people with very low thresholds of tolerance who tend to react to ...

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I gravitated to acting out of a mixture of instinct, naivete and opportunity. (Jeffrey Combs)
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