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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Language characterized by the often inaccurate use of jargon from psychiatry and psychotherapy: "Discussions ... sometimes ... consist of consciousness-raising psychobabble, with the students' feelings and experiences valued as much as anything the professor or texts have to offer” ( Karen Lehrman).

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  • n. using language loaded with psychological terminology

Etymologies

Coined by Richard Dean Rosen (born 1949), American writer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From psycho- +‎ babble. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Self-esteem is, of course, a term in the modern lexicon of psychobabble, and psychobabble is itself the verbal expression of self-absorption without self-examination.

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  • “Self-esteem is, of course, a term in the modern lexicon of psychobabble, and psychobabble is itself the verbal expression of self-absorption without self-examination.”

    Weekend Edition: 4-3 « A Progressive on the Prairie

  • “Self-esteem is, of course, a term in the modern lexicon of psychobabble, and psychobabble is itself the verbal expression of self-absorption without self-examination [3].”

    A Progressive on the Prairie » Weekend Edition: 4-3 » Print

  • The whole “unfairness of a competent military force” routine psychobabble is presently being used on Israel, and the US is now getting the same treatment.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Drone Warfare and the Harvard National Security Conference

  • Such things, of course, because of the innate prejudice and hypocrisy of the liberal press, never get mentioned, since, no doubt, they are merely expressing their inner selves or whatever psychobabble is currently in vogue.

    Archive 2007-08-12

  • Dr. Phil made an appearance on CNN this past Tuesday night and when asked his, "psychobabble" - opinion of Sarah Palin, he gave her a glowing image but stated he had not yet made up his mind as to who he will vote for.

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  • All this may turn out to be mere psychobabble, which is what the Bush crowd dismissively concluded about Oliver Stone's film.

    ‘Night, Not-So-Sweet Prince

  • Oh, by the way, excuse me for engaging in what you would call psychobabble, but what I would call stating my feelings the best way I know how.

    Characters in a Play

  • By 1977, Marlantes had completed a massive, first-person narrative, full, he says, of "psychobabble" and an unmediated bitterness that he's now embarrassed to contemplate.

    Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

  • MONROVIA, Liberia — A close aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton dismissed as "psychobabble" the fuss over the secretary of state's barbed response to a questioner ...

    Gershon Hepner: My Husband Is Not the Secretary of State

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