In psychology, biopsychodynamics, or "bio-psychodynamics", a tending to be subset of biopsychology, refers to the study of the neuroscience and psychodynamic aspects of mental processes or as subset of evolutionary psychology that studies mate selection and evolution using Freudian-theory approach. [1]

The general field of biopsychology assumes that for every behavior, feeling, and thought, there is a corresponding physical event that takes place in the brain; whereby biopsychology is the study of the relationship between these two. In this sense, biopsychology + psychodynamics (the view that consciousness depends on a number of inner forces over which one has no control; a field initiated by Sigmund Freud), would be defined as the study of the behavior, feeling, and thoughts of consciousness, as these related to both internal physical events and to the forces behind these events. [4]

One might define biopsychodynamics, in this sense, as the internal bio-neurological communication systems linking physical sensations and cognitive sense and the way they work together to sustain bio-emotional equilibrium in order for individuals to establish understanding and logical sense as one becomes motivated to move about and to navigate his or her environment.

In 1932, the term "biopsychodynamics", although difficult to pin down, was being used, sporadically, in the sense of a conjunction of the terms biology (life) and psychodynamics (mind-movement).

In 1945, Henry Mencken, in an article in The American Mercury , used term bio-psycho-dynamics to refer to a person as a type of storage battery. [3]

In 1974, Argentinean-born American family therapist Salvador Minuchin, is popular in-context quote, said: [2]

“The structural approach to families is based on the concept that a family is more than the individual biopsychodynamics of its members.”

American evolutionary psychologist Peggy La Cerra, who argues that depression and depression energy are tools that, in the framework of the first law and second law, allow for slower time periods, enabling people the ability to break off from non-favorable reaction paths.

1. (a) Anon. (1932). The American Mercury (bio-psycho-dynamics, pg. 294), Vol 25. Knopf.
(b) Fetzer, James H. (2002). Consciousness Evolving (bio-psychodynamic, pg. 12). John Benjamins Publishing Co.
2. Minuchin, Salvador. (1974). Families and Family Therapy (biopsychodynamics, pg. 89). Harvard University Press.
3. Mencken, Henry L. (1945). The American Mercury (bio-psycho-dynamics, pg. 307). American Mercury.
4. Sandhya, K.P. (2003). General Psychology (the bio-psychology and psychodynamic approaches, pgs. 15-17). Anmol Publishing.

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