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Acting Out

Overt expression of destructive or otherwise anti-social impulses in order to express one’s emotional conflict (which can be conscious or subconscious).

Example: A teenage boy with problems at home and a history of behavioral issues comes up behind a girl he doesn’t know very well and grabs her bottom.

Acting Out
APA Reference
Grinnell, R. (2018). Acting Out. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 24, 2020, from