Definition of psychodynamics in English:


Line breaks: psy¦cho|dynam¦ics
Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkəʊdʌɪˈnamɪks


[treated as singular]
  • 1The interrelation of the unconscious and conscious mental and emotional forces that determine personality and motivation: the psychodynamics of adolescent suicide
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    • Ghassan Hage's book does not engage directly with the established Australian debates about multiculturalism and immigration, but subjects them to a systematic Lacanian analysis which foregrounds their unconscious psychodynamics.
    • Cochran's art is a strange if accurate way to keep a diary, a visual recording that gives form to the psychodynamics of mind and memory, evoking a spectrum of emotional responses.
    • Future studies should put emphasis in the psychodynamics of psi and in the emotional conflictivity, which, in greater or lesser degree, this seems to generate.
  • 1.1The branch of psychology that deals with psychodynamics.
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    • Cognitive and evolutionary psychologists may find in psychodynamics careful descriptions of traits that may closely match the functional subunits of the mind that they are seeking.
    • The intent of this article is to highlight the crucial role of psychotherapy supervision in the learning of psychodynamics and to emphasize that such knowledge is fundamental for psychiatrists.
    • I began my training in a fiercely eclectic psychiatric residency program about 30 years ago, wherein both psychodynamics and research-based biological psychiatry were taken very seriously.



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  • Interpersonal and psychodynamic therapies take on the psychological component of the disorder, encouraging the individual to reflect on his past experiences to help release their hold on current behavior.
  • Paul's dissertation compared psychodynamic and behavioural therapy strategies in treating anxious individuals.
  • The types of treatments used in the studies that operationally defined psychological intervention were behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and interpersonal therapy.


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  • When I was in North America the dominant psychological therapy was psychoanalysis and derived from that was psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy.
  • This can be surprisingly difficult when there is only one client in the room, even for systems therapists, especially if they have had prior training in psychodynamically oriented therapy.
  • When Maryland's Chestnut Lodge (an intensive, long-term, psychodynamically oriented treatment institution) closed its doors in April 2000, it left a vacuum.

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