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Kristen Stewart: ‘The Word Psychotic Apparently Is Really Bad’

I have no way of knowing, obviously, but I would imagine going from roles such as an insignificant character who doesn’t even make an appearance until the end of the movie to playing opposite one of Hollywood’s newest and hottest heartthrobs in the movie adaptation of one of the world’s, well, hottest book series would be enough to overwhelm any actress.

This is one of two reasons why I wasn’t surprised or offended when Twilight star Kristen Stewart (who plays the insecure and accident-prone Bella Swan to Robert Pattinson’s dazzling and crookedly smiling Edward Cullen) described some of her experiences with the movie fans as “psychotic situations” during a recent NYLON interview.

“Anywhere we’d go for Twilight was a psychotic situation. The sound was deafening, and it’s thoughtless, as well… “

However, apparently not all fans were as forgiving; the comment sent more than a few of them out for blood (no pun intended – okay, yeah, pun intended), which prompted Stewart to clarify just exactly what she meant by “psychotic”:

“It’s not normal for me to be in a situation that Twilight puts you in,” she explains. “It’s not personally normal for me to see 5,000 screaming girls. But I’m not criticizing them for being ‘crazy’ about me. I’m sort of going, “Wow, this is just crazy!'” (

And that’s the other reason why I wasn’t surprised or offended.

Oftentimes, people will describe a situation as “crazy” or “insane,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re using the words in degrading ways or even referring to any specific person’s mental health. Sometimes “crazy” and “insane” (and their synonyms) are just words people use to describe unbelievable situations – and sometimes neither the unbelievable situations nor the descriptor is necessarily bad. Sure, these words aren’t always ideal given their negative connotations (especially “psychotic,” which tends to pack more of a punch), but sometimes their use really is innocent.

How many times have you gone Christmas shopping and thought, “This crowd is crazy!”? Gone to a concert and screamed, “This is insane!”?

Still, Stewart – who seems to rarely edit her language for anyone – is now conscious of how certain words (the F-Bomb not included) are construed. At a recent press day for The Cake Eaters, a Mary Stuart Masterson film that hit theaters Friday, she told staff:

“You have to stay away from certain key words that can be twisted in a negative connotation. Like the word ‘psychotic’ apparently is really bad,” she said, provoking laughter around the table.

I don’t think Stewart meant to use the word “psychotic” in a degrading way, but I do admire her willingness to take a step back and respect how others might feel about such descriptions.

Kristen Stewart: ‘The Word Psychotic Apparently Is Really Bad’

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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