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Updated June 30, 2014

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Definition:

Behavioral and psychological problems are often described in terms of their degrees of internalizing versus externalizing presentation. The major distinction between these two presentations is related to whether the symptoms or behaviors are focused inward (i.e., toward to the self) or outward (i.e., toward others).

Individuals who are more externalizing tend to have symptoms or behaviors that are directed outward. For example, they may engage in aggression, angry outbursts, law-breaking, or hyperactivity.

Also Known As: externalization
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