It is an action which taken because of a certain purpose but it has a hidden meaning or intention. In the psychoanalytic theory, the act represents the repressed impulse of the person.

SYMPTOMATIC ACT: "Even if he tried to use the symptomatic act, the people who know what he really means were able to understand the really meaning behind his acts. "
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