head-shrinker


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Noun1.head-shrinker - a physician who specializes in psychiatryhead-shrinker - a physician who specializes in psychiatry
alienist - a psychiatrist and specialist in the legal aspects of mental illness
psychoanalyst, analyst - a licensed practitioner of psychoanalysis
medical specialist, specialist - practices one branch of medicine
2.head-shrinker - a savage who cuts off and preserves the heads of enemies as trophies
barbarian, savage - a member of an uncivilized people
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head-shrinker

[ˈhedˌʃrɪŋkəʳ] Npsiquíatra mf, psiquiatra mf
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The original meaning of the term head-shrinker was in reference to a member of a group in Amazonia, the Jivaro, who preserved the heads of their enemies by stripping the skin from the skull, which resulted in a shrunken mummified remnant the size of a fist.
After beating my way through mothers and their screaming children, girls squawking indecipherable messages into their portable phones, distressed husbands, disorientated tramps and snogging sweethearts, I reached the underwear section - feeling like a British explorer in a pith helmet, who has just emerged from a steaming jungle in the land of head-shrinkers.
I'll go along with the head-shrinkers a little when they declare that what you learn and experience in your early childhood fashions your outlook when you are an adult.