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I was with a colleague and she referred to herself as a shrink. What do you think of that term? Derogatory? Endearing? I was taken aback so am curious what others think.
 

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99% of the time, I think that people do not know the difference between a psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse practitioner, counselor, social worker,etc so they use an antiquated catch all term.

1% of the time I think they are a classics movie fan who has actually seen farrow and huston films, a phynchon fan, scared of mental healthcare, or too afraid to actually call me a jerk.
 

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If its in jest at cocktail party, its fine. It not like my wife gets mad at the program "Teachers" when they satire the teaching profession.

However, to hold that as a real value or belief is something else entirely... and probably contributes to stigma and misconceptions about the field and its basis in actual behavioral/psychological science.
 
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cara susanna

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Some of my patients use that word, although it may be in a joking manner. I would never use it, myself.
 

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I only get offended because I think that the term shrink usually refers to psychiatrists and I sure as heck don['t want to be mistaken for one of them.
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I rarely hear this term, but when I do, it's generally in reference to psychiatrists as well.
 
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I was with a colleague and she referred to herself as a shrink. What do you think of that term? Derogatory? Endearing? I was taken aback so am curious what others think.
Yeah, maybe it's a situation where you can call yourself a shrink, but maybe don't call someone else one unless you're sure they won't be offended.