- Psyche is defined as a person's mind, soul or spirit.
An example of psyche is the male mind, or the male psyche.
psyche definition by Webster's New World
- the human soul
- the intellect
- Psychiatry the mind considered as a subjectively perceived, functional entity, based ultimately upon physical processes but with complex processes of its own: it governs the total organism and its interactions with the environment
Origin: Classical Greek psychē, the soul, akin to psychein, to blow, cool ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhes-, to blow from source Sanskrit bábhasti, (he) blows
Origin: Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek psychē: see psyche
psyche definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The spirit or soul.
- Psychiatry The mind functioning as the center of thought, emotion, and behavior and consciously or unconsciously adjusting or mediating the body's responses to the social and physical environment.
Origin: Latin psȳchē, from Greek psūkhē, soul; see bhes- in Indo-European roots.
noun Greek Mythology
psyche - Cultural Definition
The mind, soul, or spirit, as opposed to the body. In psychology, the psyche is the center of thought, feeling, and motivation, consciously and unconsciously directing the body's reactions to its social and physical environment.
In Roman mythology, a beautiful girl who was visited each night in the dark by Cupid, who told her she must not try to see him. When she did try, while he was asleep, she accidentally dropped oil from her lamp on him, and he awoke and fled. After she had performed many harsh tasks set by Cupid's mother, Venus, Jupiter made her immortal, and she and Cupid were married. Her name is Greek for both “soul” and “butterfly.”
psyche - Medical Definition