[ sahy-koh-dahy-nam-iks ]

noun(used with a singular verb)Psychology.
  1. 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: Mythologists see the myths as having developed through the psychodynamics of the human social psyche.

Origin of psychodynamics

First recorded in 1870–75; psycho- + dynamics

Other words from psychodynamics

  • psy·cho·dy·nam·ic, adjective

Words Nearby psychodynamics Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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) /

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

Derived forms of psychodynamics

  • psychodynamic, adjective
  • psychodynamically, adverb

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