Updated: Jan 15
Acting out is the performance of an action considered bad or anti-social.
The action performed is destructive to self or others.
A child is “acting out” when they exhibit unrestrained and improper actions.
The behaviour is usually caused by suppressed or denied feelings or emotions.
Acting out reduces stress. It's often a child's attempt to show otherwise hidden emotions.
When an adult acts out, it’s a sign of his/her disgruntled & cranky inner-child taking over.
Getting overwhelmed in triggering situations, the wounded inner-child acts up as its incapable of reacting reasonably.
In essence, one regresses to being just a rebellious child who is incapable to process pain.
Also, neglected and abused previously, the inner-child is visibly vulnerable.
Psychological neglect happens when, sometimes in the past, a wounded inner-child’s caregivers failed to listen, nurture, and love empathetically.
This form of neglection includes any or all of the following: name-calling, insults, ridicule, yelling, gaslighting, manipulation, making blatant threats, and lack of privacy.
It could also be called blind bullying.
The mistreated child grows up to become an adult with a wounded inner-child.
🤗 pointer: The disturbed inner-child needs the adult SELF's attention, unconditional acceptance and validation.
Taking responsibility for our anxiety, we (as the wise adult SELF - calm, grounded and stable) need to hear out, embrace and soothe the distraught inner-child with unconditional love, understanding and compassion.
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