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What impact has psychoanalysis—or, more broadly, therapy culture—had on language? Most obviously, it has given us a variety of words that have found their way, often in vulgarised form, into common usage. “Anal,” “projection,” “identity” and “denial” all refer back to psychiatric or psychoanalytic concepts, although many people who use them probably don’t realise this. But therapy culture has also changed language in a more general way, by making people likely to favour “touchy-feely” words over ones with hard meanings. There are several examples in the past decade or so of this. Where once people spoke of their “beliefs” or…

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