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pleasure principle

[′plezh·ər ‚prin·sə·pəl]
(psychology)
The instinctive attempt to avoid pain, discomfort, or unpleasant situations; the desire to obtain maximum gratification with minimum effort.
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To return to the magic circle theory: just as Crawford argues that "a game is an artifice for providing the psychological experiences of conflict and danger while excluding their physical realizations" (quoted in Bogost 134), the symbolic surrogates suggested in Beyond the Pleasure Principle aspire to the same paradigm.
The first collection of Pleasure Principle offers 14 designs across a combination of bra styles from balconettes, demi cups to full coverage.
Sublimating and repressing the pleasure principle causes many problems unless the employee willingly delays gratification.
14) We could now mention Harold Bloom's essay "Freud and the Sublime: A Catastrophe Theory of Creativity," in which he points out that Freud's "The Uncanny" and Beyond the Pleasure Principle are "the only major contribution that the twentieth century has made to the aesthetics of the sublime.
Professor David Warburton, founder of ARISE - Associates for Research Into the Science of Enjoyment - tested the pleasure principle by measuring how much of an antibody called secretory Immunoglobulin-A(sIgA) was produced when people had pleasant and unpleasant experiences.
The pleasure principle gives way to the reality principle: "Her course of action was not to be dictated by magical thinking but was circumscribed by mundane reality.
In alluding to a pleasure principle, he is borrowing from the Enlightenment rationalism of Jeremy Bentham, but in the words knows and feels and lives and moves he is close to repeating exactly the Pauline words (Acts 17:28) that "we live, and move, and have our being" (in God).
In the post-bubble recovery process, parallels could be drawn to the Freudian conflict between the Pleasure Principle and the Reality Principle.
EXHIBITIONS Republic of the Moon, FACT, until February 26, Gina Czarnecki, The Bluecoat, until February 19; Alice in Wonderland, Tate Liverpool, until January 29, 2012; The Pleasure Principle, Open Eye, until December 23; The Savage Style, The Walker and Museum of Liverpool, until February 19, 2012; The Art Books of Henri Matisse, above, The Walker, until Apr 15, 2012; Costume Drama: Fashion from 1790 to 1850, Sudley House, until May 7, 2012; The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria Gallery & Museum, until Dec 23; Peter Blake: An Alphabet, The Walker, until February 12; Age of the Dinosaur, World Museum Liverpool, until April 15; A Question of Taste, Victoria Gallery & Museum, until January 28.
AUGUST marks a month of free family activities at Tate Liverpool, inspired by its major exhibition, Ren Magritte: The Pleasure Principle.
Too many young fighters fall foul of the pleasure principle, believing 12 weeks in camp will get them right.
If "Orbit" seduces and enchants, Sharpie beguiles and repels, suggesting that Steinkamp's project has a life beyond the pleasure principle.