Dynamisms

Energy transformations become organized as typical behavior patterns that characterize a person throughout a lifethne. Sullivan (1953b) called these behavior patterns dynamisms, a term that means about the same as traits or habit patterns. Dynamisms are of two major classes: first, those related to specific zones of the body, including the mouth, anus, and genitals; and second those related to tensions. This second class is composed of tlnee categories—the disjunctive, the isolating, and the conjunctive. Disjunctive dynamisms include those destructive patterns of behavior that are related to the concept of malevolence; isolating dynamisms include those behavior patterns (such as lust) that are unrelated to interpersonal relations; and conjunctive dynamisms include beneficial behavior patterns, such as intimacy and the self-system.

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