Updated: Apr 25, 2021
"Psychology is the scientific study of the mind" ( Saul McLeod, 2019) and how it influences the Individual's or group's behavioral characteristics to encompass "biological influences, social pressures, and environmental factors that affect how people think, act, and feel" (Kendra Cherry,2020).
Suppose we go back and have a look at the history of psychology. In that case, psychology is a complicated subject matter that mixed up with philosophy and physiology and refused to accept it as an individual science.
Wilhelm Wundt, the father of psychology, shows the relationship between physiology and the study of human thought and behavior. And open the first psychology laboratory in 1879 at the University of Leipzig in Germany, which was the first official step to consider psychology as an individual science.
The symbol for psychology story involves some mythology and evolution of the term "psi (Ψ)" It is the twenty-third letter in the Greek alphabet, which the Romans transliterated to form the word "psyche," which means butterfly in Latin. Still, the accurate definition is breeze, breath, energy, and soul. On the other hand, some people say that the psychology symbol is a trident, the devil trident. The origin of this incorrect theory is when people saw mental illness as demonic possession.
Finally, when it comes to nowadays point of view, we can still see how people still hesitate to benefit from psychology and the benefit of taking care of their mental health. While on the other hand, they are consistently checking on their physical health.