psychobabble


psychobabble
noun /ˈsʌɪkəʊbab(ə)l/
The jargon of psychology and psychoanalysis, especially when regarded as trite or trivial.

The psychological patter of the 70s is as inescapable as Muzak and just as numbing: Are you relating? Going through heavy changes? In touch with yourself and doing your own thing? Are you up front, or just hung up and uptight? Boston Writer R.D. (for Richard Dean) Rosen calls it psychobabble, and in his new book by that title (Atheneum, $8.95) sees America awash in soggy therapeutic clichés.


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  • psychobabble — [[t]sa͟ɪkoʊbæb(ə)l[/t]] N UNCOUNT (disapproval) If you refer to language about people s feelings or behaviour as psychobabble, you mean that it is very complicated and perhaps meaningless. Beneath the sentimental psychobabble, there s a likeable… …   English dictionary

  • psychobabble — /ˈsaɪkoʊbæbəl/ (say suykohbabuhl) noun the jargon of psychology, especially that relating to psychotherapy groups. {US; psycho(logical) + babble; coined by US author Richard D Rosen, born 1949, in his book Psychobabble: Fast Talk and Quick Cure… …   Australian English dictionary

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