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Where did the word psychology and who or what was the word named after?
-- Angie Gardner (email@example.com), August 26, 2001
"psyche" is a Greek term the meaning of which was only loosely associated with the modern term "mind". The -ology also comes from a Greek term, "logos" meaning an account of something (often rendered as "word").
-- Christopher Green (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 04, 2001.
Hi Angie, you will want to take a trip to your local library and ask the reference librarian if he/she will direct you to the Oxford English Dictionary. Take a magnifying glass with you. That dictionary approaches definitions exactly from the point of view which you want to take. Also, ask to see a dedicated psycholgy dictionary. Try breaking the word down into psyche and ology in your home dictionary. Best, David
-- david clark (email@example.com), August 30, 2001.
You can find the history of the word psychology in the following sources: Lapointe traces in to <1524 in the work of Marco Marulic.
Lapointe, F. H. (1970). Origin and evolution of the term ‘psychology.’ American Psychologist, 25, 640-646.
Lapointe, F. H. (1972a). The origin and evolution of the term "psychology." Psychologia: An International Journal of Psychology in the Orient, 16, 1-16.
Lapointe, F. H. (1972b). Who originated the term ‘psychology’? Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 8, 328-335.
Boring, E. G. (1966). A note on the origin of the word psychology. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 2, 167.
Vande Kemp, H. (1980). Origin and evolution of the term psychology: addenda. American Psychologist, 35, 774.
Vande Kemp, H. (1983). A note on the term psychology in English titles: Predecessors of Rauch. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 19, 185.
-- Hendrika Vande Kemp (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 24, 2001.