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psychodynamics

[sahy-koh-dahy-nam-iks] /ˌsaɪ koʊ daɪˈnæm ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
Psychology. any clinical approach to personality, as Freud's, that sees personality as the result of a dynamic interplay of conscious and unconscious factors.
2.
the aggregate of motivational forces, both conscious and unconscious, that determine human behavior and attitudes.
Also called dynamics.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; psycho- + dynamics
Related forms
psychodynamic, adjective
psychodynamically, adverb
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  • Cyclical psychodynamics and integrative relational psychotherapy.
British Dictionary definitions for psychodynamics

psychodynamics

/ˌsaɪkəʊdaɪˈnæmɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) (psychol) the study of interacting motives and emotions
Derived Forms
psychodynamic, adjective
psychodynamically, adverb
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psychodynamics in Medicine

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

  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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