Definition of reality principle in English:

reality principle

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noun

Psychoanalysis
  • The control by the ego of the pleasure-seeking activity of the id in order to meet the demands of the external world.
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    • As the child internalizes and submits to the father's prohibition, it turns from the pleasure to the reality principle.
    • The true wish is to preserve a special, individual, consistent identity that does not have to compromise with the reality principle.
    • The principle of simulation wins out over the reality principle just as over the principle of pleasure.

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