pop psych


psychological or pseudopsychological counseling, interpretations, concepts, terminology, etc., often simplistic or superficial, popularized by certain personalities, magazine articles, television shows, advice columns, or the like, that influence the general public.

Nearby words

  1. pop,
  2. pop art,
  3. pop concert,
  4. pop fly,
  5. pop off,
  6. pop shop,
  7. pop the question,
  8. pop up,
  9. pop wine,
  10. pop-eyed

Origin of pop psych

First recorded in 1960–65

Also called pop psychology.

Related formspop-psych, adjectivepop psychologist, noun

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