phobia- an anxiety disorder marked by a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object or situation.


I read a book featuring vampires in which vampires weren’t repelled by garlic by a magic curse, but because of their advanced sense of smell. Imagine garlic breath X100.



DSM-IV-TR- American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a widely used system for classifying psychological disorders.

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The DSM-V-TR was released soon after my textbook, so the definition is a bit out of date.


Rorschach Inkblot Test

Rorschach inkblot test- most common projective test; a set of inkblots is provided and the person’s interpretation of the blots are analyzed to identify their inner feelings.

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superego- part of personality that, according to Freud, represents internalized ideals and provides standards for judgement.



psychoanalysis- Freud’s theory of personality that attributes thoughts and actions to unconscious motives and conflicts; the techniques used in treating psychological disorders by seeking to expose and interpret unconscious tensions.


I disliked analyzing literature based on psychoanalysis. Not only did I have do nitpick over a story’s details instead of enjoying it, I had to interpret those details based on a theory of psychology with little scientific merit.


Self Concept

self concept all of our thoughts and feelings about ourselves, an answer to the question “Who am I?”

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You’ll only get this if you’ve seen Les Miserables. If you haven’t, go watch it.


Self Actualization

self actualization- according to Maslow, a psychological need that arises after basic needs and self esteem is met; the motivation to achieve our full potential.

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