[ sahy-koh-dahy-nam-iks ]
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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: Mythologists see the myths as having developed through the psychodynamics of the human social psyche.
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Also called dynamics.

Origin of psychodynamics

First recorded in 1870–75; psycho- + dynamics

OTHER WORDS FROM psychodynamics

psy·cho·dy·nam·ic, adjective
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How to use psychodynamics in a sentence

  • For as I said before, even an ultimately developed psychodynamics can't do everything.

    The Sensitive Man|Poul William Anderson
  • Doctor Stone's university course had not included psychodynamics in the female species.

    Sunlight Patch|Credo Fitch Harris
  • Any of the standard texts on psychodynamics in education will show you the pitfalls to avoid when dealing with identical siblings.

    Anything You Can Do ...|Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for psychodynamics

/ (ˌsaɪkəʊdaɪˈnæmɪks) /

(functioning as singular) psychol the study of interacting motives and emotions

Derived forms of psychodynamics

psychodynamic, adjectivepsychodynamically, adverb
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Medical definitions for psychodynamics

[ 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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