a (usually irritating) impulsive and uncontrollable outburst by a problem child or a neurotic adult
(psychiatry) the display of previously inhibited emotions (often in actions rather than words); considered to be healthy and therapeutic
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Expressing unconscious emotional conflicts or feelings, often of hostility or love, through overt behavior.
The numerical value of acting out in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of acting out in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of acting out in a Sentence
Comedy is acting out optimism.
The officers were not acting out of line at any time during the arrest. The person involved in this altercation had a semi-automatic gun, and the officers were protecting themselves and the public. They did what had to be done to protect themselves.
I have seen firsthand how the pressure of fame and stardom can trigger vulnerable kids to develop both bad behavior and mental illness, it is the stress for those with poor coping skills that can then lead to acting out. For those with the right genetics, this can trigger illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia.
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