4 Psychological Terms That You're Using Incorrectly

At some point, you’ve probably heard someone use any or all of these four words to describe someone. But there’s a really excellent chance that person had no idea what these terms mean. But SciShow is here to help clear up some of these definitions, and explain why the weather isn’t schizophrenic, and how your ex probably isn’t actually a psychopath.

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    added on 4 Nov, 2019

    Pretty sure I've been using them correctly. There's just a disproportionate number of bipolar, schizophrenic psychos in my life.

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    added on 6 Nov, 2019

    Thank you for this! Please could we add triggered to the list? As someone who is dealing with CPTSD, I can assure people that actually being triggered is VERY different than disagreeing with someone or being upset by something that someone else says or does.

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    added on 6 Nov, 2019

    my brother is a psychologist and he said my ex was a sociopath soooo…i pretty much believe him

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    added on 7 Nov, 2019

    ok boomer

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    added on 8 Nov, 2019

    The only time I use these terms without diagnosis is when I say I have OCD tendencies. Occasionally I need to do something before I can move on. I never say I have OCD because I don't.

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    added on 10 Nov, 2019

    I tend to tell people that I seem more psychotic as compared to my peers but many dismissed it, saying that they have met or are crazier and more insane than I am. However, I seem to express more symptoms more regularly/all the time. I like how this video tackles the difference between the actual disorder and the media's portrayal.

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    added on 14 Nov, 2019

    Trust me, there are more than these words I’m getting wrong

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    added on 24 Nov, 2019

    My ex wife was diagnosed as a psychopath she tried killing her family so yes she is.

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    added on 30 Nov, 2019

    Thank you.

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    added on 4 Dec, 2019

    A thesaurus is going to list the misused terms because thesauruses, like dictionaries, reflect common usage and are descriptive rather than prescriptive. It would be beneficial to actually give terms for these problematic behaviors that are mild enough to not require a medial professional to diagnose. For example, a common term for someone who has to have everything clean and in its place is "neat freak" instead of "OCD". "Freak" is losing ground in general usage, so "neat freak" is going away with it, but a new term might help. Preferably one that's not hard to pronounce.

    It also wouldn't hurt to have a term for people who do harm by misusing medical terms.

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    added on 1 Jan, 2020

    Sounds like trump has schizophrenia

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    added on 16 Jan, 2020

    You can totally get along w/ someone super well and still be a sociopath!
    Still, it is Holmes….

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    added on 28 Jan, 2020

    Those are not medical terms or ever r/o diagnostic terms the things you are saying a broad generalizations that are not used in the medical community.

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    added on 2 Feb, 2020

    So all women are bipolar?

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    added on 4 Feb, 2020

    I'm a cancer survivor and I suffer from depression. I honestly don't see anything wrong with people using any of these terms wrongly. You need to be a next level wuss to take anything like that seriously. If someone is bullying you because of these things, then it's horrible but not like if someone is using a word to describe something jokingly.
    You need to grow up at some point and let people say what they feel like. Stop censoring reality.

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    added on 6 Feb, 2020

    Not enough Sci; too much Show

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    added on 6 Feb, 2020

    I think I am a sick person, because it sounded like you were talking about me

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    added on 10 Feb, 2020

    "deciding that you like the colour orange and want to wear it a lot" UM?? i have ocd and i literally wore as much orange as i could in middle school :0

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    added on 18 Feb, 2020

    So I am confused. Was the boy that saw dead people just Schizophrenic or was the character that Bruce Willis portrayed just dead and having a hard time accepting death? One will never know. But speaking of Dead Poets, why are so many actors offing themselves? Is it depression? Or do they know something about the after life we don't?

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    added on 18 Feb, 2020

    So you could have a genetic condition that runs in your family where you Dad was really violent and had a hair trigger rage issue. Just the kind of fun kids don't need. Imagine the years it takes to realize that it wasn't the kids fault after all. So not everyone should parent and that is just fine. I am for less families and more sane people.

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    added on 19 Feb, 2020

    I did actually call someone a total cancer patient because they were sick all the time 😂 I was 13 but still. It happens

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    added on 20 Feb, 2020

    4 psychological terms you are using correctly:

    1. Fortnite is cancer
    2. TikTok is malaria
    3. Minecraft is not depression
    4. Pineapple pizza is PTSD

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    added on 23 Feb, 2020

    I was recently diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Videos like these ease my anxiety of stigmatisation. 🙂

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    added on 24 Feb, 2020

    I find people saying they feel "bipolar" extremely annoying. My entire father's side of the family has Bipolar II and I have cyclothymia. I know what it's actually like, and although I personally see it as "well, could be worse" some people with the disorder aren't as fortunate.

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    added on 1 Mar, 2020

    Leave diagnosis to the doctors, folks.

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    added on 5 Mar, 2020

    Repeat this with me Mental illnesses aren’t adjectives Mental illnesses aren’t adjectives

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    added on 12 Mar, 2020

    Yeah but my brother is shizo even on the odd days

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    added on 14 Mar, 2020

    Thank you for creating this video. Nothing irritates more than people playing fast and loose with terms used in psychology but demonstrate repeatedly little or no training. I would hope that videos like these, literally at their fingertips, can help us to understand these terms without any basic instruction as what these terms actually mean. Good work.

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    added on 17 Mar, 2020

    Thank you Hank life is already hard enough. You have helped me a lot.

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    added on 21 Mar, 2020


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    added on 24 Mar, 2020

    Ah, good old Agitative Depression.

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    added on 25 Mar, 2020

    I have actually heard somone use the word cancer to describe the stupid stuff someone else was saying and it pushed me to write an essay on this exact problem. I did a whole ton of research on the misuse of terms like the ones mentioned here

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    added on 4 Apr, 2020

    This is so true! I hate when I hear someone say it’s just my ADD without being diagnosed. You have no idea why ADD feels like. You don’t always avoid actions actually one of the worst parts is hyper focus where you could pick lint off a rug for yourself because your brain decides it likes that action.

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    added on 11 Apr, 2020

    If you were once married to Dicktator Don, then your ex is a psychopath.

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    added on 15 Apr, 2020

    I just wish people would stop saying "literally" when they mean the exact opposite. I mean, what the frickity-frack, how can people get this wrong?!

    "Oh, I was literally dying when I saw that!"

    NO. YOU. WERE. NOT!!@$!!! (rage-flailing arms in air, tearing hair out) Aaaauurgh!

    It makes it so effing hard to get people to take me seriously when I literally do mean exactly what I'm literally saying and want to clarify I'm not joking/being sarcastic.

    Whhhyyyy peoppllllleee? Why???!! despair

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    added on 23 May, 2020

    The only disorder people got right is ADD, ..uh I think.

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    added on 28 May, 2020

    Yeah. A whole disorder is built around the person not knowing they have a disorder. It is DID. The same thing as multiple personality disorder. But the name multiple personality disorder is outdated and not used anymore. And this disorder should not be confused with skitzoprenia.(sorry if I spelled it wrong if I did please tell me how to spell it right so I can fix it)

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    added on 29 May, 2020

    I know the violent guy in apartment one IS psychotic, because he's said so. He's also very paranoid as well.

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    added on 29 May, 2020

    Actually the Dutch do use cancer patient as a slur. Quite a serious one.

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    added on 29 May, 2020

    psychopathy is not the same as sociopathy

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    added on 14 Jun, 2020

    It upsets me when people misuse these terms! I have OCD and no one really understands the condition.

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    added on 16 Jun, 2020

    Believe me, my ex is a psychopath. Why else would she go around telling everyone I'm a schizo? 🤯

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    added on 16 Jun, 2020

    We call it the pineal gland. Others call it the kundilini and others the thirth eye.

    We have a concious thought and subconcious one.
    Your concious does not register your subconcious thoughts. What if they (schysophrene) have a more developed brain and can pick up on your subconcious mind…

    Its but a theory

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    added on 17 Jun, 2020

    No… no, I do believe my ex is a psychopath. I have the 13 inch scar to prove it. (I'm joking for you that think I'm serious.)

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    added on 27 Jun, 2020

    Not to mention that Schizophrenia, schizotypal and schizoid are not the same.

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    added on 27 Jun, 2020

    After seeing this Ava max maded a song called phsycho

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    added on 23 Jul, 2020

    Psychological terms are metaphors non have been scientific proven. Ever!!!!!

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    added on 24 Aug, 2020

    So schizophrenia is a good way to define Donald Trump?

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    added on 25 Aug, 2020

    "Good and bad"

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