Psychiatric Symbol | Psychiatric Reference

As you research the subject you rapidly find that the universal symbol for psychology includes the pitchfork-shape picture in the image above. While it’s good for short hand reasons, that is, drawing the symbol instead of spelling out psychology in its entirety; have you ever considered where this psychiatric symbol derives from?

One intriguing, yet totally improper implication is that this psychiatric symbol is somehow associated with the fork carried by Satan. One theory will go that due to mental illness being historically seen as the work of Satan, psychology by association was thought to be diabolical; and within an irreverent show of defiance, psychologists have adopted the devil fork shape as an official symbol.

read more