Overt Act

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Overt Act

1. Any action that causes more harm than good. A harmful deed, often (but not always) done in an effort to solve a problem.

Examples:

A) Lee lied to his boss about co-worker Jill. Lee told his boss that Jill’s laziness caused a project to fall behind schedule. He told this lie because he’s worried Jill is about to get the promotion he wants for himself.

B) Jasmine keeps pinching her little brother Enrique while he is trying to eat breakfast. This makes Enrique cry and aggravates the rest of the household. Jasmine wants more attention from her parents and is resentful toward Enrique for getting attention she feels should be hers.

You may be familiar with The Golden Rule which tells us to do unto others as we would want them to do to us. Also, bear in mind that sometimes what we want is not what someone else wants. Ideally, we would treat others the way they want to be treated.
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