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What is the word for or a psychological term for person who knows how to do a job but says he does not know because he does not want to work? [closed]

If I am assigned a work and i know how to do it but I will say i do not know because I do not want to work.
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Term for the brain's automatic [psychological] response to being told to do something; to not want to do that thing anymore

I was wondering if there are any terms that describe a psychological response to this specific type of interaction- something along the lines of: You know what academic work you have to do for a ...
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Antonym of black and white thinking (or splitting)

Splitting is a type of cognitive distortion where one sees a situation from an all-or-nothing perspective. What could we call the type of thinking that is not based on extremes? Would "balanced ...
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“projective activity” in cognitive sciences context [RESOLVED]

I'm was not sure what is meant by projective in this context. As in the case of understanding spoken or written language, an enormous amount of general knowledge is constantly mobilized in ...
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What's the etymology of “limerence”?

Limerence is basically a word coined in 1979 by American psychologist Dorothy Tennov. It's a very obscure term, even among psychologists. In fact Tennov's followers in 2010 remarked how few ...
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Hate people touching or using his things [closed]

What do we call a person who don't share his or her personal belongings or things with others? or hate people touching his things
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Specific word if it exists? [closed]

A word or a feeling that describes specifically when ONLY meeting new people?
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Is there a term for not identifying with your current age?

"Transgender" refers to someone who doesn't identify with their birth gender. "Transracial" refers to someone who doesn't identify with their birth race. Is there a term for someone who doesn't ...
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What word describes the attitude of “if I can't have it, nobody can”? [closed]

Is there a single English word to describe the attitude conveyed when someone destroys an object/opportunity for others simply because he/she cannot benefit from it? For example, suppose a formerly ...
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The term for doing what others tell you is impossible [closed]

I am looking for a word which describes the act of doing something most people think is impossible or when you want to show to someone that you are capable of doing something maybe like revenge or ...
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A Word For Someone Who Has Been Hurt By Love, And In Result Hates The Concept Of It?

So, I know this is a very advanced question, because I've looked everywhere and cannot for the life of me find the right word I'm looking for. I'm currently writing an album and I need a word that ...
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Looking for a word or idiom that describe someone whose mood changes constantly [closed]

As the title says, I'm looking for a word or idiom to describe a person whose mood changes regularly in a very short time and you never know what's going on in his head. Some examples: He can be ...
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What's that weird feeling I sometimes get in my stomach? [closed]

I can't really explain it but it's almost like my stomach feels tickly,but in a bad way,and kinda empty.I usually get it when I'm in public places(i.e. in class or out with friends) and it's like my ...
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A word/phrase that encapsulates the psychological and extortion nature of giving a false choice in order to encourage a subordinate to do something?

To expand: Imagine a situation in retail where a manager gives a worker the illusion of choice by asking the worker to do an action instead of giving an order. A form of psychology is happening here....
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Word for confusing one emotion for another

I'm trying to think of a word for one someone, at the feeling of one emotion; say, sadness or despair, reacts in another such as anger and frustration. Seeing as they don't act in a manner that ...
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Word for thinking something is happening when it's not

Is there a word for the psychological effect of thinking that something is happening and thus feeling the effects of that thing yet nothing is really happening? An example would be when you get ...
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Looking for a word that means the thrill of doing what is forbidden

My google search has unearthed "La Douleur Exquise" but that seems to carry mainly erotic or romantic connotations. I wonder if there is a term from psychology that is more general, or that refers to ...
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Is there an antonym of “introspection”? [closed]

Merriam-Webster defines introspection as the following: a reflective looking inward : an examination of one's own thoughts and feelings It is hard to find an antonym for looking inside oneself, ...
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Could you please explain “Kinesthetic Metaphor”?

My major is pure mathematics and I am reading an article on "Metaphors in preschool child thinking about the mind" for some reasons! I can't understand the meaning of "Kinesthetic Metaphor"; Google ...
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Word for the perception that the majority of people thinks about something the same way they do

So for example, supposing that I believed in God then because of my own belief I would assume that most people everywhere necessarily also believe in God. Kind of bias in the thought because of one’s ...
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How would you call a person who shares their private life details way more often than others? [closed]

Most of the time I encounter it in form of excessively sharing their personal life details through social media without any obvious goal like money or popularity. I have an impression that I've heard ...
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Synonym for non-psychological calculation

What would be a synonym or more apropos phrase for a non-pyschological calculation? For example, imagine a general knows that the best strategy, objectively speaking, might be to defend the low roads ...
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Where does the term “word salad” originate?

Quite simply, where does the term "word salad" come from? I've found it a very frustrating thing to try to do web searches on, as it typically gets munged into searching about the "word 'salad'". The ...
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A word for stretching out the facts just so they fit a theory?

There’s pareidolia which describes the phenomenon of your brain tricking you into seeing faces in every-day objects. There’s also a (seemingly) related phenomenon of people believing in a theory so ...
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Perception of problems when informed of an issue?

What is the term for perceiving issues which don't exist having been informed of a problem. More Info When people are aware of a problem they're more likely to report that they're experiencing that ...
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Term for someone who feels compelled to buy everyone she knows a gift

So just as recent as a few hours ago, I was in an argument with a girl. She likes buying people gifts for their birthdays and various holidays. Sounds sweet right? Not in my opinion, especially when ...
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How to tell someone (in a funny way) that you are aware that you are (too) emotive while talking about an issue?

How would you tell (briefly) the person you are talking with when you are flooded with emotions —in a funny way—, that: you are aware of these sign, and you find it embarrassing you don’t take your ...
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The middle of obscuring and appreciating positive psychology

I am examining characters who have ideologies or outlooks that lead or obscure appreciation of the attributes of positive psychology. Within the spectrum of both, what do you call the middle person ...
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Is there a term for the phenomenon of people becoming desensitized to the extraordinary due to having access to sites like YouTube?

It seems like we have heard a succinct term for this before, but we're having trouble putting our finger on it. The idea is that due to being able to see so many incredible things on sites like ...
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Is there a technical (and less gruesome) term for “execution squad” mentality?

A while back on Meta Stack Exchange, Shog9 described an "execution squad" mentality: First, if we're gonna do this then let's make it worthwhile: 1 vote == closed, regardless of how many other ...
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Usage of “For the” in sentence starting

"For the dream proves on psychological investigations to be the first of the series of abnormal psychic formation". Can anyone please help me understand the meaning the above sentence implies? I ...
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What do you call someone who is consistently alternative.

I know of someone who consistently likes identifying with disorders or minority groups. This person, to date, is diagnosed (very dubiously) as Aspbergers, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and transgender. ...
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A word for the basic concept of the literary inadequacies to describe intangible feelings, thoughts or emotions

I know this is extremely convoluted but it has been bugging me all night. I remember learning of the word (or phrase) in something similar to a "Word porn" post. I remember it was a very strange ...
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Is “trypophobia” a real word?

When I took psychology a semester ago, my teacher insisted that she has never heard of the word. When looked up in Merriam Webster's Dictionary, it did not pop up. Do medical professionals use this ...
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Word to describe when, where or how privacy is kept, trust is maintained, and integrity matters

Here is a list of scenarios on why honest people would need privacy and anonymity. My marketing research tells me that the word "anonymity" is too closely related to hacking, and "privacy" reminds ...
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A word or phrase for when something gets reported in the news and then similar stories follow

I'm trying to locate a word or phrase which describes this situation: when a relatively unusual news item is reported and then, in the following days, suddenly other examples of the same thing are ...
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Fear of Information, which has been proven by statically data [closed]

What is the psychological terminology for the fear of being presented with facts or shunning/deliberately ignoring facts?
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'Watch' as a noun vs imperative. Are they connected for native speakers?

Well, this question originates from a redesign of Apple Watch ad. Original poster has a slogan The Watch is here One guy offered that Watch here would have added more pun. But I am not sure ...
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What quality does a person lack who cannot understand another's point of view?

I am looking for a non-slang, non-colloquial word - a word that I can use when speaking to a professional therapist/counselor, to be exact. Another way to ask this question might be "What quality ...
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How do you pronounce ACoA? [closed]

How should I pronounce ACoA - the acronym standing for Adult Children of Alcoholics?
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What do you call psychological diseases that affect many people at once (or many people of a society)?

I am talking about diseases such as the Jerusalem syndrome, the Paris syndrome, and the Dancing Plague of 1518. Is there a general name for such diseases?
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A word for 'to empathize without identifying with'

I'm looking for a verb or noun that refers to our capacity to abstract someone else’s experience or experiences vicariously. Such a word would be good for describing what it takes to be able to ...
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What is the linguistic perception phenomenon when a person can read a word whose inner letters are rearranged? [duplicate]

What is this linguistic perception phenomenon called? Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht ...
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Word or phrase for one who tries to benefit from everything someone else does [duplicate]

I am trying to find a good word or phrase to describe someone who (or the act of someone which) tries to benefit from everything someone else has or does. The context is, on a personal level. For ...
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Specific word or psychological term?

What is the word or psychological term used for - "Start liking someone whom you hate as time passes, due to being forced to stay with them for long duration of time (say about 10 to 15 days)" - [Some ...
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Word describing a person's momentary pleasure, but overall discord

I once read an article that used a single word to describe a frame of mind in which a person experiences momentary pleasure amidst overall discord; or perhaps the word was describing the opposite: A ...
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a single word or short desciption of a person projecting delusional selflessness after hurting someone [closed]

What would be a good way to describe a person who is projecting delusional selflessness ? Example would be: Person "A" hurts you. When you try to take revenge they say they are the ones who have the ...
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“False reasoning” psychiatric term [closed]

I am looking for a one word English equivalent for "false reasoning" of schizophrenia patients. There are two type of this - one is non pathological when low-educated people explain some phenomenon on ...
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What nouns could symbolize a choice between 2 options?

I want to name a process that has exactly two possible paths. I'd like to give it a symbolic name. These concepts come to mind but I'm hoping to think of others: coin flip double-edged sword window ...
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More Scientific/Psychological Terms for “Acting the Part”

Is there a scientific term or psychological phonomenon for meeting your goals by imagining you have already met them? For example, if I wanted to be a corporate executive, then I might decide to act ...