pop psych

pop′ psych′


n.
the collection of psychological concepts, usually simplistic and superficial, that are disseminated by the mass media.
[1960–65]
- pop′-psych′,
adj. - pop′ psychol′ogist,
n.
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16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- If you're fed up with pop psych headlines that over-hype each new study; if you don't know whether you can make sense of research, because one study seems to contradict another-you'll appreciate Mom Psych : your alternative to pop psych.
On Death and Dying" is no mere pop psych potboiler.
Written by then-13-year-old co-star Nikki Reed (with the aid of director Catherine Hardwicke), this immersive study of no-longer-girls-gone-wild strip-mines every alarmist notion in pop psych books about modern teens.
The territory of fanzines, girl bands, and a host of recent artists and writers, this self-consciously downbeat vision salvages its images from a melange of bad plays, pop psych, and supermarket novels from Ann Bannon to Jacqueline Susann.