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.

Nearby words

  1. psychodelic,
  2. psychodiagnosis,
  3. psychodiagnostics,
  4. psychodrama,
  5. psychodynamic,
  6. psychoendocrinology,
  7. psychogalvanic,
  8. psychogalvanic response,
  9. psychogalvanometer,
  10. psychogenesis

Origin of psychodynamics

First recorded in 1870–75; psycho- + dynamics

Also called dynamics.

Related formspsy·cho·dy·nam·ic, adjectivepsy·cho·dy·nam·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for psychodynamic



(functioning as singular) psychol the study of interacting motives and emotions
Derived Formspsychodynamic, adjectivepsychodynamically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for psychodynamic



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

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Medicine definitions for psychodynamic


[sī′kō-dī-nămĭks, -dĭ-]


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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