pleasure principle
noun Date: 1912 a tendency for individual behavior to be directed toward immediate satisfaction of instinctual drives and immediate relief from pain or discomfort

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  • pleasure principle — noun (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the id; the principle that an infant seeks gratification and fails to distinguish fantasy from reality • Syn: ↑pleasure pain principle, ↑pleasure unpleasure principle • Ant: ↑reality principle •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pleasure principle — /ˈplɛʒə prɪnsəpəl/ (say plezhuh prinsuhpuhl) noun a theory that there exists an automatic mental drive or instinct seeking to avoid pain and to obtain pleasure. Also, pleasure pain principle …   Australian English dictionary

  • pleasure principle — Synonyms and related words: Cyrenaic hedonism, Cyrenaicism, anima, appetite, appetitiveness, ardor, coconscious, collective unconscious, concupiscence, conscience, conscious self, curiosity, death instinct, desideration, desire, drive, eagerness …   Moby Thesaurus

  • pleasure principle — Psychoanal. an automatic mental drive or instinct seeking to avoid pain and to obtain pleasure. [1910 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • pleasure principle — noun Psychoanalysis the instinctive drive to seek pleasure and avoid pain, expressed by the id as a basic motivating force which reduces psychic tension …   English new terms dictionary

  • pleasure principle — pleas′ure prin ciple n. psl an automatic mental drive or instinct seeking to avoid pain and to obtain pleasure • Etymology: 1910–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • Pleasure principle (psychology) — The pleasure principle is a psychoanalytic concept originated by Sigmund Freud that continuously drives one to seek pleasure and to avoid pain. Its counterpart is the reality principle which defers that gratification when necessary. The id… …   Wikipedia

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