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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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Specific aspects of psychoanalysis (such as the disjunction between primary and secondary processes, the pleasure principle and the reality principle) can be understood in a logical perspective, in the logic type theory.
The close association between the pleasure principle and the Nirvana principle makes the life and death drives linked (the Nirvana principle serves and expresses the death drives).
Freud tries to install the death drive as a more general principle which will both capture the strivings of the pleasure principle and give a conceptual framework in which the 'beyond' of the pleasure principle can itself be seen as a bizarre sort of striving on its own.
Always concerned to rule out dependence on any philosophy in order, exclusively and obstinately, to claim that he was following the observation of facts, he puts aside all questions of influence with a certain disdain: 'it does not matter much to know if, in establishing the pleasure principle, we are getting closer to such and such well-defined philosophical system, consecrated by History'.
The music strand of South By Southwest is in Austin, Texas, from March 17 to 21 Polly Mackey and the Pleasure Principle Background: The 18-year-old former solo-artist Polly Mackey fronts this band from Wrexham.
As I get older I find it harder to allow the pleasure principle to be as freewheeling.
11) For Freud, fort/da becomes a figure for "a compulsion to repeat which overrides the pleasure principle," because it is "more primitive, more elementary, [and] more instinctual than the pleasure principle which it overrides.
These composers (Glass, Terry Riley and Steve Reich) felt that the essence, the pleasure principle of music had been lost," Smith says.
What Berns reveals is surprising: Instead of being ruled by the so-called pleasure principle, people are driven by challenge, adversity, and novelty.
Writer-director David Cohen has been making occasional features ("The Pleasure Principle," "Solo Shuttle") for well over a decade, and there's no doubting his mainstream sensibility.
With commercial titles like Border Heat (Encanto, 2001) and The Pleasure Principle (Arabesque, 2004) dominating the imprint inventory, and (one presumes) the sales figures, many writers fear that we're perpetuating our own stereotypes.