reality principle


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reality principle

[rē′al·əd·ē ‚prin·sə·pəl]
(psychology)
The concept that the pleasure principle is normally modified by the demands of the external environment and that the individual adjusts to these inescapable requirements so that he ultimately secures satisfaction of his instinctual wishes.
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