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Personality, Psychodynamic Models of

  1. Robert F. Bornstein

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0670

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Bornstein, R. F. 2010. Personality, Psychodynamic Models of. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Adelphi University

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


More than a century after its birth, the psychodynamic model of the mind remains one of the most influential theoretical perspectives in psychology. Although psychodynamic ideas are often criticized within academia, and psychodynamic treatments face numerous challenges in today's managed care environment, the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, remains the most widely cited author in contemporary psychology, both in journal articles and textbooks (Haggbloom et al., 2002). Some psychologists love the psychodynamic model, others hate it, but few ignore it.


  • psychodynamics;
  • psychoanalysis;
  • personality;
  • Freudian;
  • unconscious