Definition and etymology of psychology

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A Dictionary of Psychological Medicine, Giving the Definition, Etymology and Synonyms of the Terms Used in Medical Psychology, with the Symptoms, Treatment, and Pathology of Insanity, and the Law of Lunacy in Great Britain and Ireland Volume 2 by Daniel Hack Tuke

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What is Psychology?

psychology (n.)

Many branches of psychology are differentiated by the specific field to which they belong, such as animal psychology, child psychology, and sports psychology. These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'psychology. Send us feedback. See more words from the same year. More Definitions for psychology.

The term was adopted into more general usage as a result of popularization by Freud and its subsequent appearance in literature. Freud was fond of the term because it provided more specific terminology for his own work. Bleuler believed schizophrenia to be an incurable physical disease and advocated for people diagnosed with it to be eugenically sterilized. Leo Kanner also helped to popularize its modern usage in a report about 11 children exhibiting similar behaviors. She spends much of her spare time researching curious word histories and writing about them at UselessEtymology.

According to most dictionaries, psychology is the scientific study of the human mind. Psychology deals with mental behaviors and processes as well as emotional characteristics. Things like consciousness, perception and intelligence are studied in the field of psychology. It is a science that also aims to understand group dynamics not just individuals. Usually, Wilhelm Wundt is considered to be the father of psychology.

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