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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The reality principle finally penetrated even the densest fog surrounding imperial advisers and strategists: the US empire was in retreat, Obama-Clinton were not custodians of an expanding empire, but the masters of imperial defeats.
In Eros and Civilization, he claims that the emergence of a new reality principle, along with the broadened scope of libidinal relations that would concurrently emerge, "would lead to a disintegration of the institutions in which the private interpersonal relations have been organized, particularly the monogamic and patriarchal family" (Marcuse 1974:201).
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 reality principle supersedes the pleasure principle: man learns to give up momentary, uncertain, and destructive pleasure for delayed, restrained, but 'assured' pleasure" (13).
It will only change when risks become so transparent (the reality principle) that an alternative type of identity takes hold.
"We can define the different stages of the child's development according to the degree in which the pleasure principle predominates over the reality principle." (p.
This emphasis of the communal, of the "we" takes us back to Roszak's notion of the "empathic rapport with the natural world that is reborn in every child, and that survives in the work of poets and landscape painters," as well as reminds us of the bonds of sympathy that connect us with our fellow humans ("Beyond the Reality Principle" 62.)
It sounds as if David Rieff is struggling with his personal conflict between the reality principle (Hobbesian world, most people self-interested most of the time, fixed notion of human nature) and the left-wing worldview that he has obviously internalized to the bone.
As much as he carries with him his own portable fantasia (the girls, the drinks), Bond is an agent not of the British Secret Service but of some deflating reality principle, and in a slight way you hate him for it.
the Reality Principle," a follow-up ETC article to his "Sexual Fantasy and the 1957 Car."
In his 1930 book Civilization and Its Discontents, Freud discusses the concepts of the pleasure principle and the reality principle. The pleasure principle governs the pleasure-seeking aspect of our unconscious.
In its attachment to recognizable conventions, such leisure-based autonomy owes much to the late Freud's notion of the reality principle according to which individuation is a compromise based on the acceptance of the social necessity of autonomous subjectivity.