how to say “the human mind” in Hebrew

נֶפֶשׁ הָאָדָם

In English the word mind usually conjures up thought and cognitive processes. But the human mind is more than that: it includes emotions, aspirations, memories. It might even be considered the individual or the soul, which is why Hebrew uses the word נפש to refer to it.

For example, בריאות הנפש means mental health – the health of the mind.

Thus while נפש האדם typically refers to the human soul, it could also be said to refer to the human mind.

For example someone wanting to study psychology might say:

אני מאוד מעוניין בנפש האדם.

I’m very much interested in the human soul/mind.

Other expressions for the human mind are המוח האנושי – literally, the human brain, and השכל האנושי – the human intellect.

After having studied literature and linguistics on the bachelors level and psychology on the masters, Ami decided to draw upon his hobby of learning languages, his understanding of human thought processes and his skill of explaining complex ideas in simple terms, to found a program that enables people to speak Hebrew with confidence.

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