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An approach to treatment that features psychological and psychiatric factors when examining unconscious motives in the molding of personality, attitudes and emotional disorder. This approach puts more emphasis on affect than cognition and favors clinical treatments that can be used to infer solutions. The approach attempts to trace behavior to its origin(s) in contrast the a systematic approach.

PSYCHODYNAMIC APPROACH: "Doctor Espland favored the psychodynamic approach to treatment."

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