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    Default Psychology of a Self-Diagnosing, Exaggerating Generation

    It seems as if the young people in my generation have the nasty habit of constantly exaggerating and self-diagnosing to express themselves.

    Examples off the top of my head:

    "I'm an introvert." and "I'm anti-social."

    "I have insomnia."

    "I'm OCD."

    "I'm an alcoholic."

    "I'm so poor."

    Thoughts on this? Is this a generational thing? What's the deal? Too much webmd?
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    Stop diagnosing generations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post
    It seems as if the young people in my generation have the nasty habit of constantly exaggerating and self-diagnosing to express themselves.

    Examples off the top of my head:

    "I'm an introvert." and "I'm anti-social."

    "I have insomnia."

    "I'm OCD."

    "I'm an alcoholic."

    "I'm so poor."

    Thoughts on this? Is this a generational thing? What's the deal? Too much webmd?
    Are you using the term diagnosis strictly in the medical sense, or do you just mean you notice people labelling themeselves, more?

    I ask mainly because introversion's not a mental illness in the sense of an unhealthy psychiatric condition, it's just a pattern of behavior and understanding of what energizes an individual.

    I think otherwise, though, society is a bit more open to psych in general -though ofc there is still some stigma- but with that openness, as well as the new info available- and easy access via the intertubes.. it only makes sense that people would sum up things about themselves with general medical terms. People have always had an intrinsic need to define things to some extent or another. Knowledge is power, if you name it, you own it, etc.

    Unfortunatley, this also leads to many people using terms out of context without fully understanding their meanings, and also using said self diagnosis as a bandaid to excuse problems they may have, versus actually using that data to attempt to address and resolve said issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Within View Post
    Stop diagnosing generations.
    ^zing.

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    It probably has to do with the cultural ascendency of science. The terms infiltrate everyday vocabulary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    It probably has to do with the cultural ascendency of science. The terms infiltrate everyday vocabulary.
    ^ that.
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    03/23 06:21:34 Nancynobullets: LEXXX *sacrifices a first born*
    03/23 06:21:53 Nancynobullets: We summon yooouuu
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    04/25 04:20:35 Patches: Don't listen to lex. She wants to birth a litter of kittens. She doesnt get to decide whats creepy

    02/16 23:49:38 ygolo: Lex is afk
    02/16 23:49:45 Cimarron: she's doing drugs with Jack

    03/05 19:27:41 Time: You can't make chat morbid. Lex does it naturally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    It probably has to do with the cultural ascendency of science. The terms infiltrate everyday vocabulary.
    Then it's not exactly science, is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginkgo View Post
    Then it's not exactly science, is it?
    No, but the language becomes "metaphors we live by" and whatnot. Whether it's really science or not is irrelevant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginkgo View Post
    Then it's not exactly science, is it?
    Does it necessarily have to be?

    I think it's a combination of cultural acceptance and advances in the psych field. /shrug

    I tend not to take people literally on things like this, and play it by ear/observe. We're all capable of stumbling into lexical pitfalls from time to time.
    03/23 06:06:58 EcK: lex
    03/23 06:06:59 EcK: lex
    03/23 06:21:34 Nancynobullets: LEXXX *sacrifices a first born*
    03/23 06:21:53 Nancynobullets: We summon yooouuu
    03/23 06:29:07 Lexicon: I was sleeping!



    04/25 04:20:35 Patches: Don't listen to lex. She wants to birth a litter of kittens. She doesnt get to decide whats creepy

    02/16 23:49:38 ygolo: Lex is afk
    02/16 23:49:45 Cimarron: she's doing drugs with Jack

    03/05 19:27:41 Time: You can't make chat morbid. Lex does it naturally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    No, but the language becomes "metaphors we live by" and whatnot. Whether it's really science or not is irrelevant.
    If it's a cultural thing to use scientific terms with alternative definitions, then it can't really be inferred from this fact alone that science has ascended. It's degenerative to a portion of the scientific practice.

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