OVERDETERMINATION

with regard to psychoanalytic theory, the idea postulating that many unconscious facets might mix to generate one symptom, dream, dysfunction, or facet of behavior. Since motivators and defenses function at the same time and stem from varied layers of the character, a dream might depict more than one connotation, and a sole symptom might serve more than one purpose or satisfy more than one unconscious desire.

OVERDETERMINATION: "The client's over-determination led the therapist to believe he was suffering from a more serious disorder in conjunction with clinical depression."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "OVERDETERMINATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/overdetermination/ (accessed November 24, 2020).
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