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principle

 [prin´sĭ-p'l]
1. a chemical component.
2. a substance on which certain of the properties of a drug depend.
3. an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct; in a given philosophical system it is a fundamental or general law or truth from which others are derived. In bioethics some important principles are beneficence, justice, nonmaleficence, and respect for autonomy; these are derived in part from professional roles and traditions.
active principle any constituent of a drug that helps to confer upon it a medicinal property.
Bobath p's a type of neurophysiological rehabilitation; see bobath method.
Bohr's principle of complementarity reflexes do not independently account for the complex nature of infant behavior.
negentropic principle a principle of general systems theory stating that open systems have mechanisms that slow down or arrest the process of movement toward less efficiency and growth. Negentropy (negative entropy) is the tendency toward order and organization.
pleasure principle (pleasure-pain principle) in psychoanalytic theory, an inborn tendency to avoid pain and seek pleasure through the immediate reduction of tension by either direct or fantasied gratification.
reality principle in psychoanalytic theory, the ego functions that modify the demands of the pleasure principle to meet the demands and requirements of the external world.

pain-plea·sure prin·ci·ple

a psychoanalytic concept that, in human psychic functioning, the person tends to seek pleasure and avoid pain; a term borrowed by experimental psychology to denote the same tendency of an animal in a learning situation.
Synonym(s): pleasure principle

pleasure principle

n.
In psychoanalysis, the tendency or drive to achieve pleasure and avoid pain as the chief motivating force in behavior.

pleasure principle

The psychoanalytic concept that people instinctively seek to avoid pain and discomfort and strive for gratification and pleasure.

pleasure principle

Psychiatry The psychoanalytic concept that people instinctually seek to avoid pain and discomfort and strive for gratification and pleasure. Cf Reality principle.

pain-plea·sure prin·ci·ple

(pān-ple'zhŭr prin'si-pĕl)
psychoanalysis The concept that one tends to seek pleasure and avoid pain; a term borrowed by experimental psychology to denote the same tendency of an animal in a learning situation.
Synonym(s): pleasure principle.

pleasure principle

The tendency to seek immediate gratification of instinctual desires and to avoid pain. In the Freudian model, this primitive id reaction is gradually modified by the reality principle, a more mature ego function. See also FREUDIAN THEORY.
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In Beyond the Pleasure Principle: being subjected to the continuous influx of external stimuli, the sphere of excitable psychic substance [the psychic organism] gains a para-excitable surface of protection, but remains totally unprotected when faced with discomforting internal stimulations.
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).
For at first he invokes the death drive to account for disruptions of mental functioning--e.g., those eruptions of traumatic neurosis that put the pleasure principle out of action.
(1980, 65) ["Determination" is the limit--and first of all of pleasure (from the Philebus to Beyond {the Pleasure Principle}), it is what binds energy: it identifies, it defines, it marks the contours, and finally it's the destination (Bestimmung, if you want to call it that), it's both the law and the gap/Wasp, when it's not mad, that wants to know of whom and of what: and for me then, whatever I become in this affair, it will still be necessary that there be some small return for me, that the letter comes back to its destination, etc.] Deconstruction, as Derrida defines his own project, seeks to touch upon the same space beyond the limit, beyond the pleasure principle, as Freud in his Phileban investigation of the pleasure and reality principles as relative goods.
"The pleasure principle long persists (after being replaced by the reality principle) as the method of working employed by the sexual instincts, which are so hard to educate.
Albums The Pleasure Principle and Telekon have brought synth to the masses.
Like other Gothic texts, Pym exemplifies the connection between the pleasure principle and the death-instinct, and, much more than others, the relationship between horror and terror--or the abject and the sublime.
One hopes that in future design requirements, a vibrating function will be added, not only for the pleasure principle, but also for noise abatement amidst the already deafening racket of the Cellulites.
Again, this is not to say that Jake himself has not opted out by his continual flight from reality into the pleasure principle, a move, as Freud tells us, always tied to the desire to forget one's own pain (12-14).
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.
Major Works: Studies in Hysteria (first German edition, 1895), The Interpretation of Dreams (first German edition published 1899, dated 1900), Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis (first English edition, 1910), Beyond the Pleasure Principle (first German edition, 1920), Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego (first German edition 1921), The Ego and the Id (first German edition, 1923), The Future of an Illusion (first German edition, 1927), Civilization and its Discontents (first German edition, 1929-30)
Michael Bronski, in The Pleasure Principle, argues that the heart of the problem lies in America's conflicted attitudes toward pleasure, particularly the sexual kind.