Etymology of Psychology
The Latin psychologia with psycho meaning ‘of the soul, spirit, psyche, or mind’ and logia from the Greek word logos which ‘denotes the characters, actions, or departments of knowledge’ that precedes the logos. A simpler translation would be ‘the study of’ Meaning that psychology is the study of the soul, the spirit, the psyche, or the mind.
What is Psychology Now?
The Oxford English Dictionary defines Psychology as:
The scientific study of the nature, functioning, and development of the human mind, including the faculties of reason, emotion, perception, communication, etc.; the branch of science that deals with the (human or animal) mind as an entity and in its relationship to the body and to the environmental or social context, based on observation of the behaviour of individuals or groups of individuals in particular (ordinary or experimentally controlled) circumstances.