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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

[plezh′ər]
Etymology: Fr, plaisir, pleasure; L, principium
(in psychoanalysis) the need for immediate gratification of instinctual drives. Compare reality principle.

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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The death drive causes people to pursue pleasure, aims to lower the excitation level or pressure points in human life, brings the human subject back to an inorganic state of nature characterized by constancy or entropy, seeks entropy or constancy (the pleasure principle dominates psychic processes), and is the push toward an absolute state of objective, affective well-being.
Proper pleasure requires a complete discharge of tension (what Freud calls the pleasure principle is inseparable from what he calls the death drive).
Sigmund Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle, James Strachey (trans.
The pleasure principle in Freud, inasmuch as it represents the pursuit of the object of desire as delimited by the reality principle, which is itself a reflex of the pleasure principle and not its beyond, always operates within the realm of the mixed, of entities defined by limit (Freud 1961a, 4; Lacan 1986, 29; Zuckert 233).
Sublimating and repressing the pleasure principle causes many problems unless the employee willingly delays gratification.
At the same time, Freud admits that "there is no doubt that the greater pleasure was attached to the second act"--or the pleasure principle that repeats the experience of reunification with the mother.
14) We could now mention Harold Bloom's essay "Freud and the Sublime: A Catastrophe Theory of Creativity," in which he points out that Freud's "The Uncanny" and Beyond the Pleasure Principle are "the only major contribution that the twentieth century has made to the aesthetics of 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).
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.
Hamman described the university's "poker walk" held in conjunction with National Employee Health and Fitness Day as an example of the Pleasure Principle.