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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And in the end, it is confronting the Reality Principle that makes true adults of us all.
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.