psychodynamics

[sahy-koh-dahy-nam-iks]
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:
1870–75; psycho- + dynamics

psychodynamic, adjective
psychodynamically, adverb
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psychodynamics (ˌsaɪkəʊdaɪˈnæmɪks)
 
n
(functioning as singular) psychol the study of interacting motives and emotions
 
psychody'namic
 
adj
 
psychody'namically
 
adv

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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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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.
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