8 Words From Psychology You're Probably Using Incorrectly

8 Words From Psychology You’re Probably Using Incorrectly


When it comes to psychology, everyone is intrigued about the subject, but only a few know about it. But more or less, that is going to change after you go through these eight words that will change your perception about Psychology. Trust me, these are the 8 Words From Psychology You’re Probably Using Incorrectly:

#1 “Anti Social” and “Asocial” 

Anti-social behavior means morally inappropriate conduct which can hurt the sentiments of people.

Asocial behavior is a behavior in which people avoid social meetings just because they are shy or secretive, that is, introvert.

For example, human trafficking and murder show antisocial behavior whereas people who lack interest in activities are social.

8 Words From Psychology You're Probably Using Incorrectly
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#2  “Empathy” and “Sympathy”

Sympathy means feeling sorry for a person who is in pain but not understanding their actual pain.

Empathy goes one step ahead of sympathy wherein a person understands the pain by putting oneself in the person’s shoes.

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#3  “Negative reinforcement” and “Punishment”

When a person behaves in a precise manner to prevent an unpleasant situation that may or may not become a habit, it is known as negative reinforcement.

When a person is prevented from repeating the same mistake in future by penalizing, it is known as punishment.

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#4 “Psychopathy” and “Sociopathy”

Psychopathy is nothing more than a personality disorder. Psychopaths have no anxiety or guild over whatever they do. They tend to be charming, but also are egocentric, dishonest and callous.

Sociopathy, on the other hand, is sometimes used for depicting the same meaning and sometimes it is used to refer it as a social cause. However, the term Sociopathy is not formally used for diagnosis in psychology or psychiatry. These are two of the words that you are using incorrectly.

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#5  “Envy” and “Jealousy”

Envy and Jealousy are another two words which people use as the same meaning. However, that is not true. Envy is when you are craving what somebody else has, and you don’t.

Jealousy, on the other hand, is when a third person threatens something which you already have in possession. Jealousy applies accurately to relationships.

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#6 “Serial Killer” and “Mass Murderer” 

Both these terms have a distinct meaning. However, the thing which is shared between them is that they kill people. Mass Murder is when the person kills a lot of people in the same incident.

Serial Killer, on the other hand, kills one person at a time and takes some time between his two murders.

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#7 “Shame” and “Guilt” 

Most people debate over these words having the same meaning. However, there is a slight difference between them. Shame is when you see yourself as a bad person in general; you are feeling ashamed of yourself.

However, guilt is when you get a negative feeling about yourself over a bad experience or bad behavior.

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#8 “Repression” and “Suppression” 

To some extent, both these terms have a similar meaning. Both these words include forgetting about things and these are two of the words that you are using incorrectly.

Repression means that you do not remember the decision you made while you were unconscious, like when you were drunk.

Suppression, on the other hand, is when you are trying to forget the things which you are fully aware of.

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