What is the difference between `psych out’ and `psych someone out’?

Both are expressions used in informal contexts. When you `psych out’ you become terribly excited about something. You get so excited that in the process you sometimes lose your ability to think clearly.

*When my brother saw the new car I had bought, he psyched out.

When you `psyche someone out’ you get them very excited and make them lose control of their mental ability.

*Watching their children spending money recklessly psyched out the parents.

The expression can also be used to mean `to figure someone out’. When you `psyche someone out’ you begin to understand how his mind works.

*After having been married for twenty years, I still haven’t psyched out my wife.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – May 15, 2006

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