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-the conscious enacting of a situation, followed by a verbal exploration, allowing the client to see a phenomenon more clearly, and to make explicit what is implicit. The enactment is different from impulsive 'acting out' which short-circuits verbal awareness, by substituting an acted outburst which is difficult to analyse.

Definition excerpted with permission from Ginger, Serge International Glossary of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Seven languages including English. Order from FORGE at 183 rue Lecourbe; 75015 Paris, France) Paperback 1995.