This glossary of psychology terms is meant to be a helpful resource as you navigate my website.

Acute stress disorder

A reaction sometimes observed in individuals who have experienced a traumatic event, characterised by recurrent nightmares and waking flashbacks. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one such example.


The state of grief and mourning over the death of someone close or significant to the individual.


The mental state of being negative, with no hope for the future, wherein everything looks bleak and hopeless for the individual.

Emotional Abuse

Manipulation by a perpetrator to emotionally hurt another person.


A feeling that is unpleasant and which is associated with fear, uneasiness or worry.

Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is a psychiatric disorder characterized by persistent, intense, and chronic fear of being judged, embarrassed or humiliated by others, owing to one’s own actions.

Abnormal Behavior

Actions that do not fit within the norms of society.

Bipolar Disorder

A mental and emotional illness whereby a person swings between two opposite poles of emotions.


A physical wound or shock to the body produced by sudden physical injury, such as violence or a car wreck; also, an experience that causes significant psychological pain or suffering.

Acting Out

An action that is performed, going by the impulsive behavior, rather than constructively responding to a particular situation. Such actions are generally anti-social in nature, and the person might end up causing harm to himself or others.

Mental Health

Used to indicate a condition of emotional and cognitive well-being or the absence of any kind of mental disorder.


The need to realize one’s full potential

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