Definitions for psychobabbleˈsaɪ koʊˌbæb əl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
psy•cho•bab•bleˈsaɪ koʊˌbæb əl(n.)
writing or talk using jargon from psychiatry or psychotherapy without particular accuracy or relevance.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Psychology
Origin of psychobabble:
popularized by a book of the same title (1977) by U.S. journalist Richard D. Rosen (b. 1949)
using language loaded with psychological terminology
The jargon of psychology and psychoanalysis, especially when regarded as trite or trivial.
Psychobabble is a form of speech or writing that uses psychological jargon, buzzwords, and esoteric language to create an impression of truth or plausibility. The term implies that the speaker or writer lacks the experience and understanding necessary for the proper use of psychological terms. Additionally, it may imply that the content of speech deviates markedly from common sense and good judgement. Some buzzwords that are commonly heard in psychobabble have come into widespread use in business management, motivational seminars, self-help, folk psychology, and popular psychology. Frequent use of psychobabble can associate a clinical, psychological word with meaningless, or less meaningful, buzzword definitions. Laypersons often use such words when they describe life problems as clinical maladies even though the clinical terms are not meaningful or appropriate. Most professions develop a unique vocabulary which, with frequent use, may become commonplace buzzwords. Professional psychologists may reject the "psychobabble" label when it is applied to their own special terminology. Some pejorative allusions to psychobabble imply that some psychological concepts lack precision and have become meaningless or pseudoscientific. Science demands the testing of ideas in experiments whose results are repeatable. In this context, the "psychobabble" label is pejorative because it implies that the vocabulary of psychology is sometimes not based upon scientifically proven concepts.
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