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[sahy-koh-dahy-nam-iks] /ˌsaɪ koʊ daɪˈnæm ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
Psychology. any clinical approach to personality, as Freud's, that sees personality as the result of a dynamic interplay of conscious and unconscious factors.
the aggregate of motivational forces, both conscious and unconscious, that determine human behavior and attitudes.
Also called dynamics.
1870-75; psycho- + dynamics
Related forms
psychodynamic, adjective
psychodynamically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for psychodynamic
  • Both with years of experience and claimed to be trained in psychodynamic methods.
  • They begin by questioning the rather dubious claims made by psychodynamic-minded theorists over the years.
  • psychodynamic theorists often postulate that suicidal guilt seeks punishment, and thus suicide is a sort of self-execution.
  • psychodynamic psychotherapy helps patients understand their thoughts and feelings.
British Dictionary definitions for psychodynamic


(functioning as sing) (psychol) the study of interacting motives and emotions
Derived Forms
psychodynamic, adjective
psychodynamically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for psychodynamic

also psycho-dynamic, 1856, from psycho- + dynamic (adj.).

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psychodynamic in Medicine

psychodynamics psy·cho·dy·nam·ics (sī'kō-dī-nām'ĭks, -dĭ-)

  1. The interaction of various conscious and unconscious mental or emotional processes, especially as they influence personality, behavior, and attitudes.

  2. The study of personality and behavior in terms of such processes.

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