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What is a headshrinker?

Authors
  • Warner, S L
Type
Published Article
Journal
American journal of psychotherapy
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1982
Volume
36
Issue
2
Pages
256–263
Identifiers
PMID: 7102846
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper speculates on the origins of the slang term "headshrinker," commonly used to designate and devalue a psychiatrist. It is concluded that the term was coined shortly after World War II. The term serves to lessen patients' anxiety over their view of the psychiatrist's power and magic.

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