Play "Dr. Freud" (Poll)
Choose Your Favorite New Psychology Term
Recently, a young psychology student told The Year in Words that we have a similar language-birthing obsession, except that ours is driven by examining news stories rather than patients.
In honor of this diagnosis, today's poll includes some of our most popular new psychology terms. You may find these terms handy for playing "Dr. Freud," yourself, and for psychoanalyzing people you know or see in the news.
Ready to get judgmental?
You're welcome to vote in the poll in the right-hand column.
Clickable poll choices appear below. Nudging them will reveal a full entry, including the news story that inspired the term. (For hardcore shrink types, a complete set of our psychology terms is also available for examination.)
Hysteria over a guy.
A libido driven by the desire to conceive and bear offspring.
A person who exaggerates small details to convey a big story, often to hide an even larger truth.
Parents who feel they are above dealing with earthly concerns. Unlike helicopter parents, who constantly hover over their kids.
A type of "dementia" that some people claim their husband of wife has after they wed, when the honeymoon is over. May include losses of concentration, memory, and judgment that are unrelated to a medical condition. Can result in texting co-workers during intimate moments, forgetting to perform routine chores, or, in extreme cases, infidelity.
[Update on 11/25/2010: Read about the winner]
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