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Phidish - The needlessly complicated language that PhD's use.

Sort of like how people in Finland speak Finish, in Spain, Spanish, etc.

Now I have my own language, too -- Paulish

This is my definition of "Phidish". It seems I am the only one on Google using the word. I decided to make this new page for the word so Google would have a more complete history of how I have used it and there would be less chance of someone trying to steal the credit for creating it!

S. Hein
Dec 7, 2005


Examples of phidish:


Mitigated - added Jan 19, 2018



Here is another example of needlessly complicated language

Neural Correlates of Dispositional Mindfulness During Affect Labeling

This seems to mean that you feel better when you can name your feelings.

Here is a little from the article

Mindfulness is a process whereby one is aware and receptive to present moment experiences.

It was nice of the author to define mindfulness for us. So then I looked for "dispositional mindfulness," but he didn't define that term anywhere in the article.

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Here is what I wrote on Feb 8, 2005 (-feb8_05.htm)

Phidish - The needlessly complicated language that PhD's use. In this entry I use the term. I also did a search in google and I see that my writing about the APA guidelines is the only place on the net where the term "Phidish" is used, so I want to be given credit for "coining it", kind of like Reuvon Bar-On is trying to claim credit for coining the term EQ, though there is no evidence of this besides what Reuven is saying.

I think I first used it on this page, http://eqi.org/acad.htm where I said "They write in Phidish, the language of PhD's.", but I have used it on a lot of my pages in the past year or so. Here are more places I have used i tis another place I have used it.--





On Feb 8, 2005 I also wrote this

PS just checked google for "Phidish" (the language of PhD's, lol) and my site is the only one in the world right now where it is used this way. So I guess we can fairly say that I coined this term. And I feel proud about that, too. And skeptical about Bar-On who claims to have coined the term EQ!

And found this on google


 Web  Results 1 - 3 of about 5 for phidish. (0.49 seconds) 

Did you mean: phish  

APA Guidelines bullshit
... And I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what the fuck they were really saying
and decode it from Phidish to something close to English so people without ...
eqi.org/apabs.htm - 16k -

... hard to do. It takes too much time. They write in Phidish, the language
of PhD's. They don't write for the average person. They are ...
eqi.org/acad.htm - 11k -

Classement Chevaux 2002 -
... 299, Ghasni, 5. 299, Ghzala Al Shatane, 5. 299, Gipsy, 5. 299, Gismo Ii, 5. 299,
Glein Phidish Sun, 5. 299, Golden Night, 5. 299, Graal D'Escazalou, 5. 299, Gribouille ...
perso.wanadoo.fr/portail.endurance/Reg_PE2002.htm - 43k -

Today, Dec 7 I did another search and found this

Then I did a search without the name Glein since Glein Phidish was showing up a lot. Then this gif image shows all 4 results

image missing - it was phidish3.GIF



If you haven't studied psychology or read a lot of things written by PhD's in psychology, you probably won't know what this word means. It doesn't mean to build something. They don't use it like a verb. It is not pronounced con-struct'. It is pronounced con'-struct. I see it a lot when I read what psychology professors and psychology students say about emotional intelligence. They say it is a "construct." I'd rather just say it is a concept. Most people know what that means.

Someone once said "I don't think it should be necessary to learn a new language to learn about something" and I understand how this person feels. (On the other hand there are a couple of words which come to mind in the field of EI which I must say were useful to me to learn. These were "amygdala" and "alexithymia"

I am also thinking about the word "love". Would the psychologists call this a "construct", too, if they came up with a test to try to measure it?



This is a word that PhD's seem to like to use. I remember when Sarah was 13 or 14 year and was once copying something off of the Internet for a school paper. She got a good grade on the paper, but wasn't very proud of her work since she had just copied things quickly which she thought would impress the teacher. She was a little reluctant to show me what she had written, but with a little persuasion, she did. In the paper was the word "problematic:" I asked her if she knew what it meant. She said no.

I have managed to write for several years on this website and I am pretty sure I have never had to use that word to describe something I couldn't otherwise describe. So I say unless you really want to speak phidish and you are trying to impress someone, as Sarah was, then do us all a favor and leave it out of your conversations and writing.

I would also say that it usually is kind of a cop out. Instead of really explaining something, or thinking about it much, a person can just something is problematic." This usually is a conversation stopper. The other person can't say much in response to that. About all they can do is agree and change the subject.

It is like when I would talk to people in Peru who didn't know much to say about something and couldn't analyze a problem very deeply. They would say "es muy complicado." IE it is very complicated. Actually I heard a few people, who had spent too much time in universities, say "problematico", too. I have little doubt they picked this up from translating papers written by PhD's from England and the USA.


Here is something from the Wikipedia page on EI today.

Goleman posits that...

Why does someone have to say "posits"? Why can they say "thinks" or "suggests", or "writes" or "believes"? I suggest we try to keep our terms a bit simpler. I think of the many people around the world who do not speak English as their first language and I suspect that many of them won't know what the word "posit" means. And I have never had to use this word in a conversation. So why use it on a Wikipedia page?

S. Hein
November 18, 2008
Podgorica, Montenegro

Update - October 2017 - from Brazil

"leaky sensory gating"

Another phidish term --- I found it when I read an article about how geniuses needs silence to think and work. Parts of the article were painful for me to read because they said things like "overly" sensitive to sound. And "inability" to "filter out" sound -- and they even called it an "affliction"

"The findings, published in the journal Neuropsychologia, suggest those with the affliction might find it easier to think creatively as they can focus on a wide range of things simultaneously.

"Scientists at Northwestern University, Illinois, tested 100 people on their ability to find original solutions to problems and found strong links between an inability to shut out irrelevant audio stimuli, dubbed 'leaky' sensory gating, and creativity."

Here is more, from another PhD

Darya Zabelina, a PhD psychology student at Northwestern University in Illinois said: 'If funnelled in the right direction, these sensitivities can make life more rich and meaningful, giving experiences more subtlety.'

Giving experiences more subtlety? haha What does that mean? It doesn't necessarily sound like a good thing to me. It sounds like nothing in fact. It sounds like an expression from someone whose feelings have been deadened by too much studying and too much time spent around other over-edcuated people. lol

Now here is something which is easier to understand and is not painful to read for me -- it is from the comments...

"This just describes me I need silence to think."

I won't put the link in because first is is from the dailymail in the uk - what i consider a tabloid newspaper

Here is the headline for today, so you can see what I mean.

Harvey Weinstein 'raped me after the BAFTAs': Actress tearfully tells how 'sex abuser' producer burst into her London hotel room and forced himself on her after attending the awards with his wife


This is from a chat with Tiffany, a psych student in the usa

SH: have u had a chance to look at my websites?
4:47 AM
Yes, I checked them.
4:47 AM
Steve Hein
what was ur first impression?
4:48 AM
That your credible, and that it’s interesting.
4:49 AM
Steve Hein
ok now let me warn u.. if u ever use the words "mitigated" or "regulated" i will fire u. haha cuz those are what i call phidish.
i just saw this article that said something about mitgated.
4:49 AM
Ahh understandable!
4:49 AM
Steve Hein
im gonna show u.. and u can write about all of this... ok?
cuz i want to help psychology students stay human
here is what i found that pissed me off..
A new study finds that suicidal thoughts in teens can be mitigated by summer employment.
what would u say instead of "mitigated"
4:51 AM
Weaken or ease
4:52 AM
Steve Hein
and also, one of ur tasks is to google phidish and write about it ok? or did u google it already?
4:52 AM
I did not but I can now
4:53 AM
Steve Hein
i am proud of that term :)
4:54 AM
I see that! I like your writing
4:54 AM
Steve Hein
ok so i want u to add the term "mitigated" to the list
and copy our chat about it ok?
well u cant actually add the term to the list. i have to do that.
but together we can write about "mitigated" and I will add it to the list
in fact i will do it now
New Messages
4:56 AM
4:56 AM
Steve Hein
ok so im worried about ur sleep. so plz tell me when ur getting sleepy ok?
cuz i believe sleep is important. haha more important than grades even! haha

Here is my page on Phidish