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Geisteswissenschaftliche Psychologie

one of two branches of the subject matter of psychology as defined by German academics in the 19th century. Variously translated, the term literally means a psychology dealing with the science of the mind or spirit; as such it was intended to encompass the moral, spiritual, historical, and human aspects of behavior now known as social science. Compare Naturwissenschaftliche Psychologie. See also verstehende Psychologie.

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May 21st 2024



n. in the analytic psychology of Carl Jung, the public face an individual presents to the outside world, in contrast to more deeply rooted and authentic personality characteristics. This sense has now passed into popular usage. The term is taken from the mask worn by actors in Roman antiquity.