The term ‘psychodynamic’ tends to have many referents. It may refer to a body of theory grounded in psychoanalytic ideas: the role of the unconscious in determining behaviour (i.e. psychic determinism or causality); internal conflicts and compromise formations; the use of defence mechanisms to protect against the expression of impulse or desire. It may also refer to the dynamic relationship among the agencies of the mind: id, ego and superego. Or it may more loosely refer to any approach borrowing from these ideas.
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