Psychology symbol psi

Psychology Symbol Ψ (Psi or Trident): Greek Text and Images

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The symbol for psychology or psychology studies is Ψ, which is the Greek letter psi and the shape of a trident or pitchfork. The capital-letter version of psi (Ψ) is generally preferred over the lower-case psi (ψ).

About the Greek Letter Ψ and Psychology

Psychology trident symbol

Psi is the 23rd letter in the Modern Greek alphabet. Psi is also the first letter in the Greek word for psychology: Ψυχολογία. The root word ψυχή (‘psichy’ or psyche), means “life”, “soul”, and “heart” in Greek.

The origins of psychology can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks along with the Romans. Psychology and philosophy are intertwined disciplines. The Greeks proposed many theories and philosophies of the human mind.

Plato, Aristotle, and other ancient Greek philosophers examined a wide range of topics relating to what we now consider psychology.

The History of Psychology

Image Versions of the Psychology Symbol

Here are examples of three psychology symbol images that you can click to download and save. These are clear (transparent) png images 300px wide.

Greek Text Versions of the Psychology Symbol

To type the psychology symbol, you can copy and paste the text Ψ on this page. You can also use the following text codes.



Psi symbol decimal



Psi symbol hex



Psi symbol named entity

To type capital Psi in a Word document, just type the code 03A8 and then hit ALT + X. Works like magic.

To type Ψ on a Mac:

  1. Press Command + Control + Spacebar to open the Character Viewer.
  2. Search for “Psi” and select the Ψ symbol to insert it.

What Ψ Represents

The Ψ symbol, which is the Greek letter psi, is an iconic emblem in psychology. It appears in logos of psychological associations to denote membership and authority, on academic materials as a marker of educational content, and in professional settings to identify practitioners’ expertise.

Psychological AssociationsLogos, Official DocumentsRepresents commitment to psychological sciences; signifies authority and recognition in the field.
Educational InstitutionsDepartment logos, Textbooks, Online CoursesDenotes academic content related to psychology; used to signify educational material.
PractitionersMarketing Materials, Business CardsIdentifies professional expertise in psychology; enhances credibility and professional identity.
PublishersJournals, Research PapersIndicates content is scholarly and related to psychological research.
Digital PlatformsSocial Media, Blogs, Online CampaignsEnhances visibility of psychological content; used for branding in digital and social media.
Source: Compiled from various educational and professional psychology resources.

The Ψ symbol instantly identifies psychology content, associations, and professionals. It is used across different media—from print to digital—to enhance the visibility of psychological sciences and promotes easy recognition.

Example Symbols in the Field of Psychology

Psychology mind symbols

If you’re a psychology major, a psychologist, or otherwise work in the industry, you’ll no doubt come across the psychology symbol in visual images. It can also be used as shorthand writing for the word “psychology”.

Generally, however, the “human mind” dominates visual imagery relating to the term psychology. See the examples above. A focus on the workings of the brain is appropriate because psychology refers to the scientific study of the mind and behaviour.

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  1. Dori
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    please also list the keystrokes for Apple Pages. thanks!

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