Origin of psychology
OTHER WORDS FROM psychologypre·psy·chol·o·gy, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH psychologypsychiatry, psychology , psychoanalysis, psychotherapy
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MORE ABOUT PSYCH
What does psych mean?
Psych is an informal term with several meanings.
Psych means to intimidate or scare someone mentally and is usually followed by out, as in Shareen psyched me out about trying out for the play by telling me the director didn’t like actors.
Psych also means to prepare yourself or someone else mentally to give their best and is usually followed by up, as in Yana psyched up her team by reminding them of all their previous wins. To psych up usually involves preparing mentally, rehearsing skills or responses, and thinking positive thoughts.
Psych also means to decipher or analyse situations and problems to come to a solution and is often followed by out, as in After a lot of work, Lana finally psyched out the math problem. When you psyche out a problem, it means you have or are in the process of finding a solution through complex thought.
Example: The mascot tried to psych out the other team by dancing wildly on their sideline.
Where does psych come from?
The first records of the term psych come from the early 1900s. It is a shortening of the English psychoanalyze, meaning “to investigate the effects of the conscious and unconscious mind.”
Psych is also used as a slang term to mean “not” in a joking manner, as in I can’t stand you … psych! I love you. In this usage, psych usually follows a statement that is off-putting, upsetting, or unsettling, and the use of psych tells the listener that the speaker was only joking.
Psych is also used as a noun or adjective as a short form of psychology. Although it is informal, it’s often used by professionals and doctors of psychology, as well as the general public.
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What are some other forms related to psych?
- psyched (adjective)
- psyche (variant spelling)
What are some synonyms for psych?
What are some words that share a root or word element with psych?
What are some words that often get used in discussing psych?
How is psych used in real life?
Psych is most used to mean either to intimidate or to encourage. It’s also used in slang on its own as an exclamation (“Psych!”) to mean “not.”
Also! I was notified today that I won a Kindle copy of THE GIRL FROM RAWBLOOD. I'm super psyched! pic.twitter.com/yZHO9kxHFQ
— Char's Horror Corner 💀☠️ (@Charrlygirl) December 1, 2021
I just have a weak stomach and I’m psyching myself out over the pain 😂
— Aerial 🧜🏼♀️👑 (@AerJordan_) December 1, 2021
I don't trust how quickly my MacBook restarts. come on buddy u didn't even give urself a minute 2 psych up. go again
— Beth McColl (@imteddybless) March 9, 2015
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True or False?
Psych can mean to encourage someone and to scare someone.
MORE ABOUT PSYCHOLOGY
What is psychology?
Psychology is the study of the mind, mental processes, and behaviors of humans and animals.
The term psychology is used to describe many specific areas of study. Generally, psychology is interested in the brain and, more specifically, why we think the way we do.
Because the mind is so complex, psychology is a very wide field with many subdivisions and branches of study. A few of the major areas of psychology include:
- clinical psychology, which involves diagnosing and treating personality and behavior disorders;
- cognitive psychology, which studies mental processes such as memory, language, and perception; and
- developmental psychology, which studies how our mental processes change as we age and experience more of life.
Both psychiatry and neuroscience are often confused with psychology. Like psychology, psychiatry also diagnoses and treats mental disorders but treatments are different. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who can prescribe medicine for mental illnesses. A psychologist doesn’t often have a medical degree and instead treats patients with counseling and therapy, a process known as psychotherapy.
On the other hand, neuroscience is focused on the actual neurons, tissues, and synapses that physically make up the brain as an organ, rather than with how we think about things, as psychology is.
Even if they don’t know the specifics, most people are aware that psychology is a study of the mind and thinking. For this reason, the word psychology is often used to refer generally to a person’s thought process or mental state, as in In order to really know what happens during war, you need to understand a soldier’s psychology.
Why is psychology important?
The first records of the word psychology come from around 1675. It comes from the New Latin psȳchologia, which combines psycho–, meaning “psyche” (which has to do with mental thinking), and –logy, a combining form that indicates a science or field of study.
The concept of psychology can be traced back to ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle. As a scientific study, psychology is relatively new, started in the 1800s by Western scientists such as Wilhelm Wundt, William James, and Sigmund Freud. Freud in particular expanded psychological study to include the idea of subconscious thoughts that influence our behavior even if we are completely unaware of them.
Some branches of psychology can get pretty specific. Forensic psychology, for example, involves psychological analysis of people who interact with the law, such as witnesses or suspects, while sports psychology is concerned with athletes’ and sports teams’ training regimes.
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One of the most infamous psychological experiments ever conducted was the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, run by psychologist Philip Zimbardo. The experiment had college students play the roles of prisoners and prison guards to analyze the psychological effects of prolonged imprisonment and power dynamics. The experiment was ended early due to the disturbing psychological effects it had on participants. This experiment has been heavily criticized on an ethical basis ever since.
What are real-life examples of psychology?
Psychology is a wide field of science that is constantly expanding.
For someone who works in the field of psychology and is also a huge fan of “Watchmen” I still can’t pronounce “Rorschach” correctly
— obi’s mom (@Rewaite) August 27, 2020
He was a well-known psychologist who made significant contributions to the field of personality psychology, cognitive psychology, psychotherapy, and social psychology. pic.twitter.com/2sH1FngBL5
— Your Millennial Psychologist (@riyanportuguez) July 28, 2021
What other words are related to psychology?
True or False?
Psychology is the study of mental disorders and the development of medication to treat them.
How to use psychology in a sentence
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British Dictionary definitions for psychology
Derived forms of psychologypsychologist, noun
Scientific definitions for psychology
Cultural definitions for psychology
The science dealing with mental phenomena and processes. Psychologists study emotions, perception, intelligence, consciousness, and the relationship between these phenomena and processes and the work of the glands and muscles. Psychologists are also interested in diseased or disordered mental states, and some psychologists provide therapy for individuals. In the United States, however, psychologists, unlike psychiatrists, are not medical doctors. (See psychiatry.)