Meaning of psyche


Another word for the place where your thoughts come from is your psyche. Not your actual brain, but whatever it is that generates all of your thoughts and emotions.

Psyche comes from the Greek psykhe, which means “the soul, mind, spirit, or invisible animating entity which occupies the physical body.” That about sums the way we understand the word today. People have their own individual psyches of course, but you often hear the word used to describe the similar mind set or thought process of a group of people, such as “the American psyche.”

Definitions of psyche
  1. noun

    that which is responsible for one’s thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason


    brain, head, mind, nous

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    an informal British expression for head or mind
    tabula rasa

    a young mind not yet affected by experience (according to John Locke)

    (psychoanalysis) the conscious mind
    unconscious, unconscious mind

    that part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware
    subconscious, subconscious mind

    psychic activity just below the level of awareness
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    cognition, knowledge, noesis

    the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning

  2. noun

    the immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life



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    the visible disembodied soul of a dead person

    a ghost that announces its presence with rapping and the creation of disorder

    someone who has returned from the dead
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    the vital principle or animating force within living things

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