The Problem with 'Expert' Language


The disciplines of psychology and psychiatry are already full of unclear and imprecise concepts, add to this the proliferation of apparently condition specific terminology, and the result is a minefield of potential confusion. This article looks at the use of so-called expert language used by mental health professionals. It examines the ways in which language is used and why, it looks at what effect is has on a variety of people and it makes a case for a plain-speaking alternative.


Bladon, H. (2020). 'The Problem with 'Expert' Language', The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 20 (2), pp. 56-63.

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