Definition of psychodynamics in English:


plural noun

  • 1treated as singular The interrelation of the unconscious and conscious mental and emotional forces that determine personality and motivation.

    ‘the psychodynamics of adolescent suicide’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alternatively, possession has been seen in terms of the psychodynamics of intrapsychic tensions and multiple personality disorders, as well as the physiology and epidemiology of trance states.’
    • ‘They represent that implicit knowledge of cultural psychodynamics that exists for communities in the vernacular imagination of communal discourse - in the telling of stories out of the common repertoire of local narrative tradition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 The branch of psychology that deals with psychodynamics.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’