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pleasure principle

n.
In psychoanalysis, the tendency or drive to achieve pleasure and avoid pain as the chief motivating force in behavior.

pleasure principle

n
(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal the idea that psychological processes and actions are governed by the gratification of needs. It is seen as the governing process of the id, whereas the reality principle is the governing process of the ego. See also hedonism

pleas′ure prin`ciple


n.
Psychoanal. an automatic mental drive or instinct seeking to avoid pain and to obtain pleasure.
[1910–15]

pleasure principle

The immediate satisfaction of urges and desires is, according to psychoanalytical theory, an overriding principle which remains with us even in adulthood to a marked degree.
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Noun1.pleasure principle - (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the id; the principle that an infant seeks gratification and fails to distinguish fantasy from reality
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
principle - a basic truth or law or assumption; "the principles of democracy"
reality principle - (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the ego; the principle that as a child grows it becomes aware of the real environment and the need to accommodate to it
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plea·sure prin·ci·ple

n. principio del placer, conducta dirigida a satisfacer deseos propios y evadir el dolor.
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10) In what comes to be named the pleasure principle, one finds the postulate of utilitarianism.
3) Fancher remarks that Freud posits the death instinct as oppositional to, yet intertwined with the pleasure principle.