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Mercurial
Tending to have sudden and unpredictable changes in mood or behavior; volatile or erratic
Metacognitive
Awareness of, or thinking about, one's own thinking processes or tendencies
Misanthrope
One who hates or mistrusts humankind
Misogyny
Hatred or mistrust of women
Mutability
The tendency of things to be subject to or capable of change; inconstancy
Nihilism
An extreme form of skepticism which denies our ability to know anything certain about the world; also, the lack of belief in any system of morals or values, often including a lack of belief in God
Nostalgia
Longing or sorrow for that which is irrecoverably past; a wistful desire to return to the happiness of a former place or time
Oedipal
Behavior consistent with the idea that boys desire to copulate with their mothers and are thus in competition with, and feel enmity towards, their fathers
Overdetermined
Having more than one determining psychological factor or explanation; giving an outlet for more than one psychological wish or need
Pluripotential
Having multiple possibilities; not fixed or determined
Polysemous/Multivalent
Having multiple/various meanings; ambiguous
Prelapsarian
Like the time before the fall of Adam and Eve, or like any innocent, carefree period
Edenic
Descriptive of the Garden of Eden, especially of its happiness or innocence or harmony
Priggish
Displaying and/or demanding of others a precise adherence to the rules of propriety or custom
Puritanical
Very strict in moral or religious matters; unforgivingly stern, rigorous and judgemental
Protean
Extremely variable or versatile; able to take on different forms or play different roles with ease
Quixotic
Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality
Ramify
To develop multiple, complicating consequences or outgrowths; to divide into multiple pathways or branches
Resonance
Emotional richness or significance, especially in evoking an association or strong feeling
Rorschach
The name for the inkblot test used by psychologists
Sisyphean
Referring to a task or job demanding endless labor and being impossible to complete
Solipsism
Egotistic self-absorption; valuing or considering only one's own feelings
Underdetermined
Having more than one possible explanation, such that no one is sufficient to explain it
Vituperative
Using highly abusive or insulting criticism; scathing or excoriating