acting out


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n acting out (psychiatry) the display of previously inhibited emotions (often in actions rather than words); considered to be healthy and therapeutic
    • n acting out a (usually irritating) impulsive and uncontrollable outburst by a problem child or a neurotic adult
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  • John Greenleaf Whittier
    “Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If one wants to get out and stay out of debt he should act his wage.”
  • Max L. Lucado
    Max L. Lucado
    “At the beginning of every act of faith, there is often a seed of fear. For great acts of faith are seldom born out of calm calculation.”
  • Angelina Grimke
    Angelina Grimke
    “Thou art blind to the danger of marrying a woman who feels and acts out the principle of equal rights.”
  • Maxwell Maltz
    “To change a habit, make a conscious decision, then act out the new behavior.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”


In literature:

When one is free, physically free, the music seems to draw out the acting.
"Power Through Repose" by Annie Payson Call
I had fully recovered myself, and was prepared to act out my part.
"Vendetta" by Marie Corelli
I know you acted for the best, out of love for me.
"The Fortunate Youth" by William J. Locke
Act the part out, no matter how bad the play.
"A Romance of Two Worlds" by Marie Corelli
The burning of a rick is an act of vengeance, and a ploughman out of employ is a vengeful animal.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
He jumped out of the cab (tearing his coat in the acts minor evil, but "all of a piece," as he said), and made his way to the Ring.
"Rhoda Fleming, Complete" by George Meredith
The squire bade her to speak out, for she had his sanction to act according to her judgement and liking.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
Palmet pricked up his ears; but he was taken out riding to act cavalier to Mrs. Devereux and Miss Halkett.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
You have only to look on them, you chatter out your three Acts of a Drama without a stop.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
She did not know what had led up to the act; but she found herself suddenly resolved to speak, to cry out a warning.
"The Descent of Man and Other Stories" by Edith Wharton

In poetry:

They surely do not see the point,
But act as though some out-of-joint
Machine had gained the track,
And now was keeping progress back.
"Modern Moses" by James Madison Bell
Never have regrets, brother,
But for sake of sin;
The treacherous heart within
All too soon forgets, brother,
How it felt, and was, in thought,
Acting out the thing it ought.
"A Maxim Of Peace" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Bite off thy tongue, pluck out thy wanton eyes,
Avert thy face, and offer nothing rude,
Take heed, lest Satan conquer thee by lies —
And dare not do an act so vile and lewd.
"Advice And Warning To The Adulterer" by Rees Prichard
Instead of stones, cut out and squar'd by art,
Take thou good men, to rear the sacred wall —
Men, who have ever acted well their part —
Religious men, to build thy church withal.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
And when the Barley boys broke out, and ended up in fight,
Or when the Barley baby read the Riot Act at night,
And on their balcony their cat put up an eerie moan,
The fearful Barley family might as well have been our own.
"The Happy Flatite" by Edward Dyson
I have no nest as thou,
Bird on the blossoming bough,
Yet over thy tongue outfloweth the song o’ my soul,
Chanting, “forego thy strife,
The spirit out-acts the life,
But MUCH is seldom theirs who can perceive THE WHOLE.
"Songs of the Voices of Birds: The Nightingale Heard" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

A generation of Washington has officially been outed, eviscerated and sometimes charged by the federal government for their selfish, amoral and ignorant acts and it's embarrassing .
Engulfing the acts in video meant erecting a 50' wide x 12' high 16mm Eve LED Screen with a 12' wide x 10' DJ window cut out of the center.
For more Wonkblog coverage of the Affordable Care Act, check out our FAQs on the Supreme Court decision and the individual mandate.
A wise man once said it's better to burn out than fade away, and on Thanksgiving Day of 1976, one of the best live acts of the rock era went out in a blaze of glory.
The US Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 dictates several reductions in the country's overall energy usage including the phasing out of many inefficient light bulbs over the course of seven years.
Flushing Out the Extremes on Immigration The DREAM Act was supposed to, but didn't.
Check out the pics of Nick's random acts of kindness on 11/28.
It was where I started doing acting and theater, it's where I made so many new friends that I've held on to for the rest of my life in Solon, and it helped me by giving out something to look forward to every week.
One of the things that makes this time of year stand out is the incredible acts of kindness.
Claim that Minority Whip Hoyer, other Democrats who switched votes on it acting out of politics, not principal.
Today's show featured a great round of Red Neck Theater where Sean got the chance to act out one of his favorite all time scenes form "Monty Python and The Holy Grail ".
The garage-y pop act's been playing out and about these past few months, but it's only recently that they've made music available for download.
Thomas acts his guts out as Williams.
Alec Baldwin is threatening to take a time out from acting.
Acting on a tip, officers knocked on the door of the home at 8 Cloverdale Court when they saw someone look out the window.

In science:

This noise is reduced at lower grid resolution, where increased numerical diffusion acts to damp out the oscillations.
A Numerical Method for General Relativistic Magnetohydrodynamics
Let one suppose that there is invariance under CPT, then there must exist a unitary, invertible operator Θ acting on density matrices, such that Θρin = ρout , where the barred quantities denote antiparticles.
CPT and Quantum Mechanics Tests with Kaons
It is pointed out that the“electromotive force” (Lorentz force due to motion in a magnetic field) that acts on the test charge may be annuled by transformation into the rest frame of the test charge, in which only the force associated with the electric field acts.
The physics of space and time II: A reassessment of Einstein's 1905 special relativity paper
They contract only the tensor fields Bµν I , out of the Bµν α , which correspond to the E7(7) isometries tI acting as translations on the PecceiQuinn scalars ˜B I .
Dual Gauged Supergravities
The CATCH acts as a fan-out and transmits the reference clock and synchronisation signals to the front-ends.
The COMPASS Experiment at CERN