Concept Creep, Or “You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.”

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Concept creep has to be one of my biggest pet peeves.

What’s concept creep? It’s pretty much what it sounds like. Concept creep occurs when a concept that originally meant something very specific later comes to encompass a much broader set of unrelated, or only loosely related, phenomena.

Psychology has been particularly plagued by concept creep.  » Read more

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PQ 9.1 — Is my partner asking me to give up control of my autonomy, my body or my emotions?

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PQ 9.1 — Is my partner asking me to give up control of my autonomy, my body or my emotions?

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My autonomy? My body? My emotions? Oh good lord no, PQ 9.1! I’d be making a call around to my friends to get my ass out of that situation. There are at least 3 dozen Lifetime movies implied by this question.  » Read more

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