Definition of psychodynamics in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkəʊdʌɪˈnamɪks/

plural noun

[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.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkəʊdʌɪˈnamɪk/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkəʊdʌɪˈnamɪkli/
Example sentences
  • 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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