Psyche was the name given in ancient Greece to that first breath, breath or breath that a human being inhales at birth, which was the same breath that leaves him or her at the moment of death. Psyches can then be conceived of as those souls in commotion or wandering spirits, as those fantasies or imaginations that take hold in living bodies and detach themselves from dead bodies. But psyche is also called the pupa that breaks the skeleton of the chrysalis and becomes a butterfly, in the pattern of its wings. The Greeks called butterflies psyches, and Psyche was also the name of the wife of Eros, which the Romans would later symbolise as a winged young woman. The term psyche thus refers to a whole series of realities or concepts, all of them, moreover, difficult to represent because of their obvious instability. In short, psyches are those manifestations of living bodies that cannot be described because in their transience or immateriality one hardly has time to contemplate them.

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