Human Psyche: Definition & Overview


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You are walking down the street, on your way to a bookstore. All of a sudden, it begins to rain. You decide to take the bus instead of continuing to walk. You are using which part of your mind?

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1. Johnny is terrified of travel. He has no conscious memory of any bad thing that has ever happened to him. In fact he hasn't traveled very much at all. Johnny's fears are probably originating from where?

2. The human psyche is best defined as:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The human psyche is currently theorized to exist in three layers of consciousness and memory: conscious, subconscious, and unconscious, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of these layers. Some things you'll be assessed on include the differences between these states of consciousness.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Examples of actions dictated by the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious mind
  • What is meant by ''psyche''

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related social psychology lesson
  • Knowledge application - use what you've learned to identify what is meant by the term ''human psyche''
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the three levels of consciousness based on provided examples

Additional Learning

To learn more about states of consciousness, review the accompanying lesson titled Human Psyche: Definition & Overview. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define human psyche
  • Explain what is meant by the soul and the mind
  • Compare and contrast the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious mind
  • Name Sigmund Freud's three theorized layers of consciousness