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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).

[Coined by Richard Dean Rosen (born 1949), American writer.]

psy′cho·bab′bler n.


(Psychology) informal the jargon of psychology, esp as used and popularized in various types of psychotherapy


(ˈsaɪ koʊˌbæb əl)

writing or talk using jargon from psychiatry or psychotherapy without particular accuracy or relevance.
[popularized by a book of the same title (1977) by U.S. journalist Richard Dutch. Rosen (b. 1949)]
psy′cho•bab`bler, n.


obfuscating language and jargon as used by psychologists, psychoanalysts, and psychiatrists, characterized by recondite phrases and arcane names for common conditions.
See also: Language
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.psychobabble - using language loaded with psychological terminology
jargon - specialized technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject


[ˈsaɪkəʊˌbæbl] Nverborrea f, jerga f de psicólogos


n (inf)Psychogeschwätz nt
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