A paper published earlier this year in the journal Frontiers in Education clears up 50 psychological word pairs whose meanings you might be getting mixed up. Here are 11 of them.
1. “Delusion” vs “hallucination"
2. “Obsession” vs “compulsion”
3. "Envy" vs "jealousy"
For example, the negative emotion a person might experience upon learning that an academic colleague had received a long-sought-after Nobel Prize is envy. In contrast, the negative emotion that this person might experience upon learning that her colleague was invited to a one-on-one dinner by this Nobel Prize winner is jealousy.