Primary Process

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Primary Process


Primary process is Sigmund Freud‘s expression for the psychological mechanism that prompts us to seek immediate fulfillment of our wishes and desires. The primary processes, associated with the id, are dominated by what Freud referred to as the pleasure principle. The contrasting term is secondary process, a mechanism dominated by the reality principle. In a normal adult, the secondary processes regulate the primary processes so that one does not immediately act upon every urge that comes to mind. The primary processes are called primary because they characterize the psychology of infants, who have no grasp of such secondary process notions as delayed gratification. Freud’s understanding of dreams was that they represent fulfillment of desires normally controlled and repressed by our waking consciousness. Dreams are thus the product of primary processes and provide us with direct access to the functioning of the unconscious mind.

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It is possible to work toward shifting the attitude of the deliberative mind in how it relates to the primary process mind.
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This method, which would replace the drawn-out primary process, is designed to ensure a majority in a winner-take-all election.
flow from secondary process to primary process thinking.
In order to restrict the mental to the operation of belief and desire in language, Cavell criticises Freud's concept of primary process, the psychoanalytic source and paradigm of irrationality.
I do, however, suspect a tendency to downplay unconscious sexuality and primary process in the Freudian sense.
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As a result, the party decided to only use landline calls in line with the primary process rules approved in May, Cheng said.

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