Thursday, 1 May 2014

Glossary: Shrink

I thought I knew what a shrink was, but a recent misunderstanding on Twitter proved me wrong: A dictionary search shows that this word can also be used to describe psychiatrists only, and not clinical psychologists:

a psychiatrist.

a psychiatrist or mental doctor

[short for headshrinker] :  a clinical psychiatrist or psychologist

Also, shrinker.  Also called head shrinker.  Slang.  a psychotherapist, psychiatrist, or psychoanalyst.

•  informal
A psychiatrist

Shrink", a slang term for a mental health professional such as a psychiatrist or psychologist (derived from the word "headshrinker")

a psychiatrist or psychoanalyst

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