- 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.
Origin of psychodynamics
Also called dynamics.
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Examples from the Web for psychodynamic
Casey Schwartz is a graduate of Brown University and has a master's in psychodynamic neuroscience from University College London.Can This Gadget Cure Depression?
November 30, 2010
But many other psychodynamic explanations have little or no evidence to back them up.The Female Sex-Pain Mystery
March 27, 2010
Such was the psychodynamic that brought down Hillary Clinton.Cool Hand Barack
November 5, 2008
- (functioning as singular) psychol the study of interacting motives and emotions
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Word Origin and History for psychodynamic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The interaction of various conscious and unconscious mental or emotional processes, especially as they influence personality, behavior, and attitudes.
- The study of personality and behavior in terms of such processes.
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