Why was "tantrum" trending last week?


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for psychodynamics
  • Admirably taut and understated, less a story than a lyrical meditation on the obscure psychodynamics of family life.
  • Similarly, the broadcast explains some of the psychodynamics among the sleeper cells.
  • Cyclical psychodynamics and integrative relational psychotherapy.
British Dictionary definitions for psychodynamics


(functioning as sing) (psychol) the study of interacting motives and emotions
Derived Forms
psychodynamic, adjective
psychodynamically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
psychodynamics 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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for psychodynamics

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for psychodynamics

Scrabble Words With Friends