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[sahy-koh-bab-uh l] /ˈsaɪ koʊˌbæb əl/
writing or talk using jargon from psychiatry or psychotherapy without particular accuracy or relevance.
Origin of psychobabble
psycho- + babble; popularized by a book of the same title (1977) by U.S. journalist Richard D. Rosen (born 1949)
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psychobabbler, noun Unabridged
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(informal) the jargon of psychology, esp as used and popularized in various types of psychotherapy
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Word Origin and History for psychobabble

1976, from psycho- (representing psychology) + babble (n.). Earlier was psychologese (1961).

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psychobabble in Medicine

psychobabble psy·cho·bab·ble (sī'kō-bāb'əl)
Psychological jargon, especially that of psychotherapy.

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Talk about self, feelings, motives, etc, esp in psychological jargon: His characters have absorbed the attitudes of post-1960s psychobabble, and tend to say things like ''Viet Nam is a reality warp'' (1976+)


: ''If you want space,'' she tells a psycho-babbling boyfriend, ''go to Utah''

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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