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pleasure principle

Syllabification: pleas·ure prin·ci·ple

Definition of pleasure principle in English:

noun

Psychoanalysis
The instinctive drive to seek pleasure and avoid pain, expressed by the id as a basic motivating force that reduces psychic tension.
Example sentences
  • As a surge of unassimilated (un-comprehended, un-grasped) stimuli, pain exceeds the pleasure principle that regulates psychic life.
  • In an ideal world in which everyone had matured sufficiently to replace the pleasure principle by the reality principle, there would be no need for art.
  • The pleasure principle seeks satiation, the release of tension - which is why the Nirvana principle, the drive towards total quiescence, still belongs to it.

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