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Nick Atty wrote

Not at all. To consider American English inferior is effectively to consider historical English English inferior which is plainly ridiculous. My own English English is made all the more rich and colourful by borrowings from American English, Australian English, Scots and all the regional dialects of England and I'm grateful for it. Don't blame cultural baggage. It's snobbery plain and simple and entirely the individual's problem not the nation's.
What does being in denial mean? It must be an automatic admission of what one is denying.

Only if one doesn't deny being 'in denial' surely?
It makes no difference which dialect you use there are English dialects (Bromwidgean & Black Country, to name but two) that are far yukkier than a decent US dialect, and there are US dialects (lots of 'em) that are far more "heretical" than decent English dialects. Every dialect has its, shall we say, "pecadillos", but we're happy with our own pecadillos; it's other people's we don't like.
It usually boils down to a distaste for the people who speak a dialect; not for the dialect itself. If Billy-Bob and Jolene are not part of your social circle, then you'll tend to disdain them; the disdain for their dialect follows from that if they were personal friends, you'd probably find their dialect cute or interesting.
And I'm not sure that I'd use "racist" as a general term for USians; they're raised to be self-centred, so many of them have a hard time accepting, or even believing, that there is any culture except their own (which, as the rest of the world knows, doesn't exist). It's more short-sightedness and blinkered outlook than racism. A bit of world travel cures it in no time flat (in most instances given that "world travel" isn't interpreted as "driving through other US states").
What does being in denial mean? It must be an automatic admission of what one is denying.

"In" is a negator, so it means you deny nothing.
Now, explain to the class why you invaded Poland.
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Nick Atty wrote You're right about this type ... with the cultural baggage that we cannot seem to shed.

Not at all. To consider American English inferior is effectively to consider historical English English inferior which is plainly ridiculous. ... grateful for it. Don't blame cultural baggage. It's snobbery plain and simple and entirely the individual's problem not the nation's.

Wanna try rewriting that but in English, this time?
The thing is, I really didn't feel a sense of superiority. And I don't. But since only I know how ... a sign of feeling inferior. Maybe that's the problem - deep down you believe AmE to be inferior! I don't.

What does "cod psychology" mean, and in which Englishes is it used?

Al in St. Lou
The thing is, I really didn't feel a sense of ... deep down you believe AmE to be inferior! I don't.

What does "cod psychology" mean, and in which Englishes is it used?

Something smells fishy in the state of Denmark.
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What does "cod psychology" mean, and in which Englishes is it used?

It means mock psychological explanations of things that have a ring of science about them but are in fact just made up.
A google on it shows - to my surprise - that it appears to be almost entirely British English (including Irish).
It's a common enough phrase over here to be referred to - the Guardian has an article on fishing quotas under that title.

It's just the use of "cod" to mean fake, but it's got particularly attached to psychology.

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Now, explain to the class why you invaded Poland.

Not so, although it was an easy mistake to make. Actually, he invaded Taiwan.
What does "cod psychology" mean, and in which Englishes is it used?

It means mock psychological explanations of things that have a ring of science about them but are in fact just ... quotas under that title. It's just the use of "cod" to mean fake, but it's got particularly attached to psychology.

Some cynics would say that "cod psychology" is an oxymoron.

Peter Duncanson, UK
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What does "cod psychology" mean, and in which Englishes is it used?

It means mock psychological explanations of things that have a ring of science about them but are in fact just ... the Guardian has an article on fishing quotas under that title. It's just the use of "cod" to mean fake

That's something that may not exist outside the British Isles. We have "folk psychology" which seems to mean terribly wrong but plausible to non-specialists, but we'd have to say something like "sham psychology" to get your "cod psychology."
, but it's got particularly attached to psychology.

Al in St. Lou
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