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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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The object-relations analysts switched at this time and for these cases from individual therapy to group therapy, which is where the modern concept of acting out was first coming up for air war.
that the transference ultimately address the analyst alone, that feels the analysand's no's and keeps him to the grind of acting out. Acts reenter verbalization, and their force as acts again hangs on the words or rewordings.
Case 4: A 14 year old girl had symptoms of agitation, impulsivity, acting outs, important conflicts with other family members, seductive behaviors and self-mutilation.