Founded by Sigmund Freud in the late 1800s, psychodynamics is a theory of personality that places significant focus on early childhood experience.
The Id, Ego, and Super-Ego
According to Freud, personality is developed through a complicated set of interactions between the Id, Ego, and Super-Ego. The Id represents innate drives, while the Ego works to get the Id what it wants within the confines of circumstance. The Super-Ego works to keep the Ego in check by representing broader societal norms and conditions.
Psychotherapy and Psychodynamics
There are several therapeutic models that consider the use of psychodynamic theory for conceptualizing clinical conditions. The most popular form seen in outpatient clinics is, "Interpersonal Processes Psychotherapy."