from The Century Dictionary.
- Same as
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective affecting or influenced by the human mind
- adjective outside the sphere of physical science
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
They employ the term psychical to indicate the relation of the human soul to sense, appetite, propensity, etc., and psychological, as indicating the ultimates of spiritual being.
It is rather in what we call psychical vision that the poet is wont to excel, that is, in his ability to perceive the meaning of visual phenomena.
Some of these changes are beyond restitution; some can be brought back to a well-working structure by strictly physical agencies like drugs or electricity; others can be repaired by physiological stimuli which reach directly the higher brain cells through the sense organs and which we call psychical under one aspect, but which certainly remain physiological influences from another aspect.
One can say that this (over -) emphasis stems from her identity as a writer, where literature would play a more decisive role than usual in psychical and material realities, but it should not be reduced to this fact.
The precise formulation is instructive for the ways that it connects the issue of un/mourning to the place of literature in psychical reality.
Later Miss Lord became deeply interested in psychical researches, and I could get no more work out of her.
In this manner we use the word psychical as describing the relationship of the soul to animal experiences and being, and psychological as referring to the spiritual potencies of the soul.
Footnote 4: In the use of the terms psychical and psychological, we have observed the distinction which metaphysicians have recently made.
And when I ask my students or any group, ` Have you ever had a psychical experience, 'no matter how educated, no matter how intellectual and -- the overwhelming answer is, ` Yes, I've had an experience that I would call a psychical experience.'
Long before the word “parapsychology” came into use, something called psychical research investigated communication between living human beings and departed spirits—usually, but not always, their friends or loved ones.