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Originally, 'shrink' referred primarily to psychiatrists, but over the last two decades it can be used with respect to just about any professional who does counselling or psychotherapy. 'Shrink' probably came from 'head shrink' and 'headshrinker', indicating that it most likely originated as a disparaging reference comparing the process of psychotherapy to primitive tribal practices of shrinking the heads of enemies.
Where psychiatrists got the name "shrinks"?Calling a psychiatrist a shrink came about from a comparison between psychiatrists and headshrinkers - a term give to tribal members from way back in the day who shrunk the heads of their enemies after they killed them. So, I guess you could say it is a derogatory term to use when referencing psychiatrists - implying that they "screw with your head". The term is noted by some to date back to the 1960's, while others say the term originated in the 1950's.