reality principle

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reality principle

In psychoanalysis, the satisfaction of instinctual needs through awareness of and adjustment to environmental demands.

reality principle

(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal control of behaviour by the ego to meet the conditions imposed by the external world

real′ity prin`ciple

Psychoanal. the realization that gratification must sometimes be deferred or forgone.
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Noun1.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
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"
pleasure principle, pleasure-pain principle, pleasure-unpleasure principle - (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the id; the principle that an infant seeks gratification and fails to distinguish fantasy from reality

re·al·i·ty prin·ci·ple

n. principio de realidad, método de orientación del paciente hacia el mundo externo para provocar el reconocimiento de objetos y actividades olvidadas, esp. dirigido a personas severamente desorientadas.
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1) In opposition to the queer perfomative principle, the book is based on the reality principle, mostly through its alignment with cultural materialism and socialist politics.
Speaking of the Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance, as Don Quixote was dubbed by one of the novel's characters, Bloom wrote: "He is at war with Freud's reality principle, which accepts the necessity of dying.
And in the end, it is confronting the Reality Principle that makes true adults of us all.
Based on the reality principle, an employment relationship exists even if there is no written agreement entered into between the parties or if there is an agreement stating that there is no employment agreement between them.
Actually the substitution of the reality principle for the pleasure principle implies no deposing of the pleasure principle', Freud famously wrote, 'but only a safeguarding of it.
19) Marcuse argues against Freud's belief that the reality principle supersedes the pleasure principle, thereby making a nonrepressive society impossible.
The reality principle finally penetrated even the densest fog surrounding imperial advisers and strategists: the US empire was in retreat, Obama-Clinton were not custodians of an expanding empire, but the masters of imperial defeats.
In Eros and Civilization, the body is central to the dialectic that plays out between the pleasure principle and the historically specific reality principle that Marcuse calls the "performance principle.
The reality principle needs to be "strengthened" at epistemologic level and, at the same time, a fundamental imperative of science needs to be created.
The reality principle would encourage lenders to renegotiate loans on the basis of current prices and mortgage rates, and avoid foreclosure and bankruptcy filings.
Like any extremes of experience, you have to learn how to balance that pursuit with your general well-being, to balance the pleasure principle with the reality principle.