DYNAMICS (PSYCHODYNAMICS)

The force or pattern of forces which gives rise to a particular psychological event or condition, such as an act, attitude, symptom, or disorder....

DIFFERENTIAL PSYCHOLOGY (Individual Differences)

An area of psychology concerned with behavioral differences between individuals and groups of individuals—including, among others, sex, race, nationality, cultural and socioeconomic differences.The importance...

DIRECT ANALYSIS

A therapeutic approach developed by John Rosen, in which an attempt is made to understand and communicate directly with the unconscious of psychotic patients....

DIRECTIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY

An eclectic procedure developed by Frederick C. Thorne, in which the therapist provides the type of treatment needed at each stage of the process...

DISCIPLINE (literally, “to learn”)

Discipline is the process of learning to adapt one’s behavior to the requirements of society. It “arises from the need to bring about balance...

DEMONOLOGY

Even before Greek and Roman civilization collapsed under the impact of the barbarian onslaught in the fifth century, the Dark Ages in psychiatric history...

DISSOCIATION

The unconscious defense mechanism of keeping conflicting attitudes and impulses apart.This is the common human tendency of not letting the left hand know what...

DEMYELINATING DISORDERS

These diseases, which include multiple sclerosis and diffuse sclerosis, are due to the degeneration of the insulating (myelin) sheath around nerve fibers, and its...

DISSOCIATIVE REACTION

A psychoneurotic reaction in which a portion of experience is split off, or isolated, from conscious awareness.As a neurotic reaction, dissociation is an unconscious...

DENIAL OF REALITY (DENIAL)

The unconscious defense mechanism of denying the existence of painful facts.This technique enables an individual to escape from intolerable thoughts, wishes, actions, or events...

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