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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.
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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
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  1. (functioning as singular) psychol the study of interacting motives and emotions
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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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psychodynamic in Medicine


(sī′kō-dī-nămĭks, -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.
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