psychodynamics
noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1874 1. the psychology of mental or emotional forces or processes developing especially in early childhood and their effects on behavior and mental states 2. explanation or interpretation (as of behavior or mental states) in terms of mental or emotional forces or processes 3. motivational forces acting especially at the unconscious level • psychodynamic adjectivepsychodynamically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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