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"Psychic" is a word used in a number of ways in psychology:
- It has been used as a synonym for 'psychological' and loosely associated with the mind and mental events and abilities in general.
- It has been used to describe an occurrence, ability, or event that is sensed without the use of the five known human senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. People who are said to possess psychic abilities are referred to as "psychics." The word itself was coined by French astronomer Camille Flammarion (1842 – 1925). William Trevor aka Edward William Cox has been credited with introducing it into the English language. . This sense is used in the field of parapsychology.
- It hs been used as a synonym for 'psychogenic' as in functional disorders such as psychic blindness.