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The Use and Misuse of Jargon

Many fields have their own jargon, which Wikipedia describes as "specialized terminology associated with a particular field or area of activity" that often isn't well understand by people outside of that particular field. While jargon can help people within a field communicate precisely, that doesn't necessarily translate well outside of the field. It can be… Continue reading The Use and Misuse of Jargon

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Stigma

The Problem with Language Policing

Patrick Corrigan has been my research crush for a number of years now. And what is a research crush, you might ask? I like how his mind works. He's a psychologist and stigma researcher, with lived experience to boot. He's one of the most prolific publishers in academic journals that I've ever come across. His… Continue reading The Problem with Language Policing

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What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… the Euphemism Treadmill

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the euphemism treadmill. The term euphemism treadmill was coined by psychologist and linguist Stephen Pinker in a 1994 article in the New York Times. It refers to a process by which words that are used as a… Continue reading What Is… the Euphemism Treadmill

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The Interesting Ways We Use Words

As bloggers, we play with words. Some of them are more fun quirky than others. Here are a few of the interesting ways we use words. That crazy pond that separates us Despite speaking the same language, there are a lot of differences between British-speak and American-speaking, with Canadian-speak thrown in there somewhere in between.… Continue reading The Interesting Ways We Use Words

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Tori Talks

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Tori Talks.… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Tori Talks

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Stigma

How Do You Respond to Stigmatized Language?

Crazy.  Psycho.  Schizo.  Nutbar.  Mad.  Retard.  Lunatic.  Loony tunes.  Insane.  F***ed in the head.  Bonkers.  Whack job.  Batshit crazy.  Certifiable. These are just a few examples, but when it comes to derogatory, stigmatized mental health-related terms, there are many of them and we hear them often.  Sometimes we even use them ourselves. A study by… Continue reading How Do You Respond to Stigmatized Language?