Definition of Pleasure-pain principle

1. Noun. (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the id; the principle that an infant seeks gratification and fails to distinguish fantasy from reality.

Exact synonyms: Pleasure Principle, Pleasure-unpleasure Principle
Category relationships: Analysis, Depth Psychology, Psychoanalysis
Generic synonyms: Principle
Antonyms: Reality Principle



Medical Definition of Pleasure-pain principle

1. The psychoanalytic concept that man instinctively seeks to avoid pain and discomfort and strives for gratification and pleasure. (12 Dec 1998)

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pleasure-pain principle (current term)
pleasure-unpleasure principle
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Literary usage of Pleasure-pain principle

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1. Man's Unconscious Spirit; the Psychoanalysis of Spiritism by Wilfrid Lay (1921)
"Reality Principle Briefly stated the pleasure-pain principle is that according ... On the pleasure-pain principle the idea comes into the mind that it would ..."

2. Your Inner Self by Louis Edward Bisch (1922)
"CHAPTER V THE CONFLICT OF LIFE THE WORLD OF REALITY—THE PLEASURE- PAIN PRINCIPLE—REPRESSIONS THE conditions and circumstances amid which the child finds ..."

3. Man's Unconscious Spirit; the Psychoanalysis of Spiritism by Wilfrid Lay (1921)
"Reality Principle Briefly stated the pleasure-pain principle is that according ... On the pleasure-pain principle the idea comes into the mind that it would ..."

4. Man's unconscious passion by Wilfrid Lay (1920)
"Reality Two principles govern human activity, that called the pleasure-pain principle, and that called the reality principle. According to the first we ..."

5. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1912)
"It is also attempted in the waking state, which also is dominated by the pleasure-pain principle. But here the suppression often leads to conflicts out of ..."

6. The Autonomic Functions and the Personality by Edward John Kempf (1921)
"Careful consideration does not support the inference that even then any other than the pleasure-pain principle exists. The mother suffers injury to save her ..."

7. Papers on Psycho-analysis by Ernest Jones (1918)
"This is, of course, governed by the hedonic pleasure-pain principle, though the fact is often obscured by writers on ethics. The association between ease ..."

8. Mechanisms of Character Formation: An Introduction to Psychoanalysis by William Alanson White (1916)
"Looked at from another angle the conflict is between the pleasure-pain principle or motive and the reality principle or motive. The pleasure-pain motive is ..."

9. Man's Unconscious Spirit; the Psychoanalysis of Spiritism by Wilfrid Lay (1921)
"Reality Principle Briefly stated the pleasure-pain principle is that according ... On the pleasure-pain principle the idea comes into the mind that it would ..."

10. Your Inner Self by Louis Edward Bisch (1922)
"CHAPTER V THE CONFLICT OF LIFE THE WORLD OF REALITY—THE PLEASURE- PAIN PRINCIPLE—REPRESSIONS THE conditions and circumstances amid which the child finds ..."

11. Man's Unconscious Spirit; the Psychoanalysis of Spiritism by Wilfrid Lay (1921)
"Reality Principle Briefly stated the pleasure-pain principle is that according ... On the pleasure-pain principle the idea comes into the mind that it would ..."

12. Man's unconscious passion by Wilfrid Lay (1920)
"Reality Two principles govern human activity, that called the pleasure-pain principle, and that called the reality principle. According to the first we ..."

13. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1912)
"It is also attempted in the waking state, which also is dominated by the pleasure-pain principle. But here the suppression often leads to conflicts out of ..."

14. The Autonomic Functions and the Personality by Edward John Kempf (1921)
"Careful consideration does not support the inference that even then any other than the pleasure-pain principle exists. The mother suffers injury to save her ..."

15. Papers on Psycho-analysis by Ernest Jones (1918)
"This is, of course, governed by the hedonic pleasure-pain principle, though the fact is often obscured by writers on ethics. The association between ease ..."

16. Mechanisms of Character Formation: An Introduction to Psychoanalysis by William Alanson White (1916)
"Looked at from another angle the conflict is between the pleasure-pain principle or motive and the reality principle or motive. The pleasure-pain motive is ..."

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