Definition of secondary process in English:

secondary process

Line breaks: sec¦ond|ary pro|cess


A thought process connecting the preconscious and conscious, governed by the reality principle and reflecting the decision-making and problem-solving activity of the ego.
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  • Freud made a sharp distinction between two varieties of mental functioning which he called primary process and secondary process.
  • On the other hand, if the immigrant or refugee has ‘depressive guilt,’ ‘time is formed in accordance with the laws of the secondary process (conscious).’
  • A procreative analogy in all this was recognised by Marion Milner, who said that our primary and secondary processes need each other ‘like man and woman need each other.’

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