acting out

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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)

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It's a time-release caption to the advance originally held by psychotherapists (including psychoanalysts) in Nazi Germany, who were real eager to apply the success story of Freud's encounter with war neurotics to a total victory through analysis: the all-out eradication-through-healing of the homosexual position or disposition (which ever since World War I marked the spot of the coming out of war neurosis under fire and the acting out of primal submissions through betrayal, desertion, even espionage).