Definition of primary process in English:

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primary process


An unconscious thought process arising from the pleasure principle, such as condensation or displacement, which is irrational and not subject to compulsion.
Example sentences
  • Discarded signifiers (not used in the immediacy of secondary process language and thought) continue to be organised, largely by the primary processes of displacement, condensation and symbol formation.
  • Nietzsche's duality of Dionysian and Apollonian closely resembles Freud's duality of primary process and secondary process.
  • The oceanic feeling associated with primary process and pleasure principle experience must ultimately give way to the reality of Time bounded experience and the secondary process.

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