Definition of Pleasure principle

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




Medical Definition of Pleasure principle

1. A psychoanalytic concept that, in a human's psychic functioning, he/she tends to seek pleasure and avoid pain; a term borrowed by experimental psychology to denote the same tendency of an animal in a learning situation. Synonym: pleasure principle. (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Pleasure principle

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1. Psycho-analysis: A Brief Account of the Freudian Theory by Barbara Low (1920)
"The Pleasure-Principle and the Reality-Principle. The Egocentric Impulses and the Social Impulses. IN the previous chapter it was noted that the Psyche was ..."

2. The Psychoanalytic Method by Oskar Pfister (1917)
"Thus the reality principle appears alongside the pleasure principle which originally prevailed alone. We must consider this theory more closely. ..."

3. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1916)
"It is this: The wish of the girl for love and a child is an expression of the pleasure-principle, whilst the picture of the nurse's faulty adjustment to ..."

4. Morbid Fears and Compulsions: Their Psychology and Psychoanalytic Treatment by Horace Westlake Frink (1918)
"This is the weak spot of our psychic organization, which may be employed to bring under the dominance of the pleasure principle again those thought ..."

5. Ethical Studies by Francis Herbert Bradley (1876)
"But if you refuse to work the sum, you abandon the greatest amount of pleasure principle. There is no harm in doing that : but what else have we to go to? ..."

6. Papers on Psycho-analysis by Ernest Jones (1918)
"and useless thoughts might without much exaggeration be conceived of in terms of the pleasure-principle itself, as a mild variety of Unlust. ..."

7. Psycho-analysis; a Brief Account of the Freudian Theory by Barbara Low (1920)
"The Pleasure-Principle and the Reality-Principle. The Egocentric Impulses and the Social Impulses. IN the previous chapter it was noted that the Psyche was ..."

8. Psycho-analysis: A Brief Account of the Freudian Theory by Barbara Low (1920)
"The Pleasure-Principle and the Reality-Principle. The Egocentric Impulses and the Social Impulses. IN the previous chapter it was noted that the Psyche was ..."

9. The Psychoanalytic Method by Oskar Pfister (1917)
"Thus the reality principle appears alongside the pleasure principle which originally prevailed alone. We must consider this theory more closely. ..."

10. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1916)
"It is this: The wish of the girl for love and a child is an expression of the pleasure-principle, whilst the picture of the nurse's faulty adjustment to ..."

11. Morbid Fears and Compulsions: Their Psychology and Psychoanalytic Treatment by Horace Westlake Frink (1918)
"This is the weak spot of our psychic organization, which may be employed to bring under the dominance of the pleasure principle again those thought ..."

12. Ethical Studies by Francis Herbert Bradley (1876)
"But if you refuse to work the sum, you abandon the greatest amount of pleasure principle. There is no harm in doing that : but what else have we to go to? ..."

13. Papers on Psycho-analysis by Ernest Jones (1918)
"and useless thoughts might without much exaggeration be conceived of in terms of the pleasure-principle itself, as a mild variety of Unlust. ..."

14. Psycho-analysis; a Brief Account of the Freudian Theory by Barbara Low (1920)
"The Pleasure-Principle and the Reality-Principle. The Egocentric Impulses and the Social Impulses. IN the previous chapter it was noted that the Psyche was ..."

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