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psychologie de comptoir

English translation: over the counter psychology

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French term or phrase:psychologie de comptoir
English translation:over the counter psychology
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06:11 Sep 4, 2001
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
French term or phrase: psychologie de comptoir
Isabel a un penchant pour la psychologie de comptoire
Daboval Krystelle
over the counter psychology
Explanation:
I found the expression mainly used with derogatory overtones:
De Jim Jones, le roitelet fou du Guyana, qui poussa 923 personnes au suicide à Jo Di Mambro et son Ordre du Temple solaire, la psychologie des gourous est un abîme fascinant que tente d'explorer le deuxième volet de la série. Sans faire de psychologie de comptoir, on ctinstate que l'enfance de ces « hommes qui se prennent pour Dieu ...
for example
http://www.multimania.com/tussier/tvfr.htm

in a word it reminds me of Lucy, in the Peanuts.

I propose "over the counter" as in "over the counter vs. prescription medications", that is easily available and dispensed by n'importe qui.

regards

paola l m
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CLS Lexi-tech
Local time: 08:22
Grading comment
Thanks a lot, your translation perfectly fits my requirements.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
na +4dime store psychology
Alexandra Hague
na +2amateur psychologymckinnc
napop psychology
CLS Lexi-tech
na -1salesperson mentality
Maya Jurt
na -2over the counter psychology
CLS Lexi-tech


  

Answers


9 mins peer agreement (net): +2
amateur psychology


Explanation:
...is the normal term. Or she fancies herself as a psychologist.

mckinnc
Local time: 14:22
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 922

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Tony M
1 day 2 mins

agree  CLS Lexi-tech: "bar stool psychology?"
1 day 16 mins
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12 mins peer agreement (net): -2
over the counter psychology


Explanation:
I found the expression mainly used with derogatory overtones:
De Jim Jones, le roitelet fou du Guyana, qui poussa 923 personnes au suicide à Jo Di Mambro et son Ordre du Temple solaire, la psychologie des gourous est un abîme fascinant que tente d'explorer le deuxième volet de la série. Sans faire de psychologie de comptoir, on ctinstate que l'enfance de ces « hommes qui se prennent pour Dieu ...
for example
http://www.multimania.com/tussier/tvfr.htm

in a word it reminds me of Lucy, in the Peanuts.

I propose "over the counter" as in "over the counter vs. prescription medications", that is easily available and dispensed by n'importe qui.

regards

paola l m


CLS Lexi-tech
Local time: 08:22
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 162
Grading comment
Thanks a lot, your translation perfectly fits my requirements.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Maya Jurt
1 min

disagree  mckinnc: I think it's too literal
1 hr
  -> literal is not necessarily wrong. Regards

disagree  jgal: non, ça parle des gens qui passent leur vie au bistrot à refaire faire le monde...
7 hrs
  -> Thanks

disagree  Tony M: Yes, i think it's 'amateur psycholgy' as well -- the sort that happens over the bar
23 hrs
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12 mins peer agreement (net): -1
salesperson mentality


Explanation:
Context missing. Psychologie peut aussi signifier mentalité, était d'esprit.
Comptoir - magasin
Demoiselle du comptoir - sales woman
HTH

Maya Jurt
Switzerland
Local time: 14:22
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 412

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  jgal: non, c'est le comptoir du bistrot (ou le bar), généralement...
7 hrs
  -> Oups! Thanks Julia.
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23 mins peer agreement (net): +4
dime store psychology


Explanation:
This is one option in American English.

Alexandra Hague
Local time: 14:22
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 116

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  lcmolinari: This is the most commone expression, can be used for anything and keeps the same tone as original
3 hrs

agree  jgal: yes, this is excellent!
7 hrs

agree  Nikki Scott-Despaigne: This is brilliant. The image of a coutner is respected and the value of a "dime" sums it up perfectly.I'd "doorstep" yuk
16 hrs

agree  CLS Lexi-tech: But dime-store psy means that it comes cheap, a dime-store is not a coffee shop, "Bar stool psychology?"
1 day 0 min
  -> I don't see the difference between the too. I think they both mean "amateur".
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2 hrs
pop psychology


Explanation:
would be a very current and non literal translation, as in popular psychology

regards

paola l m


CLS Lexi-tech
Local time: 08:22
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 162
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