Definition of psychology
1 : the science of mind and behavior
2 a : the mental or behavioral characteristics of an individual or group b : the study of mind and behavior in relation to a particular field of knowledge or activity
3 : a theory or system of psychology <Freudian psychology> <the psychology of Jung>
psychologistplay \-jist\ noun
Examples of psychology in a sentence
She studied psychology in college.
the psychology of an athlete
the psychology of crowd behavior
We need to understand the psychologies of the two people involved in the incident.
The roots of psychology
The word psychology was formed by combining the Greek psychē (meaning “breath, principle of life, life, soul,”) with –logia (which comes from the Greek logos, meaning “speech, word, reason”). An early use appears in Nicholas Culpeper’s mid-17th century translation of Simeon Partliz’s A New Method of Physick, in which it is stated that “Psychologie is the knowledg of the Soul.” Today, psychology is concerned with the science or study of the mind and behavior. Many branches of psychology are differentiated by the specific field to which they belong, such as animal psychology, child psychology, and sports psychology.
Origin and Etymology of psychology
New Latin psychologia, from psych- + -logia -logy
First Known Use: 1653
PSYCHOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of psychology for English Language Learners
: the science or study of the mind and behavior
: the way a person or group thinks
PSYCHOLOGY Defined for Kids
Definition of psychology for Students
: the science that studies the mind and behavior
Medical Definition of psychology
1: the science of mind and behavior
2a: the mental or behavioral characteristics typical of an individual or group or a particular form of behavior <mob psychology> <the psychology of arson>b: the study of mind and behavior in relation to a particular field of knowledge or activity <color psychology> <the psychology of learning>
3: a treatise on or a school, system, or branch of psychology
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