"Psychobabble" is a slang term used to describe the large number of psychological terms to describe behavior, particularly when the intention seems to be to excuse said behaviors rather than merely explain them.

For instance, "The teenager's negative behavior is the result of a conflict between his idealized self and current environment." rather than saying that "the teenager's behavior was totally unacceptable for the situation." An individual using psychobabble may use jargon and overly complicated words and explanations in order to give more credence and authority to the information they are conveying.

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