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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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The Pleasure Principle absorbs the Reality Principle; sexuality is liberated (or rather liberalised) in socially constructive forms.
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.
"We're working towards building an infrastructure for talent in Wales, and to show that there is fertile ground for the creative industries to flourish here." The music strand of South By Southwest is in Austin, Texas, from March 17 to 21 Polly Mackey and the Pleasure Principle Background: The 18-year-old former solo-artist Polly Mackey fronts this band from Wrexham.
Like any extremes of experience, you have to learn how to balance that pursuit with your general well-being, to balance the pleasure principle with the reality principle.
3 Employees who have screen savers or calendars depicting tropical beaches tend to be more hedonistic--for them motivation is all about the pleasure principle. They seek pleasure in every opportunity, perhaps preferring to meet clients over lunch at a nice restaurant, for example.
With this structure, Ishiguro discovers a way to narratively enact not only the dual temporality of the self described in Freud's fort/da scenario--the self split between the imaginary continuities of the "pleasure principle" and the radical discontinuities of "economic disturbances"--but the dual temporality of the nation, within which "there is a split between" a "continuist, accumulative temporality" and "the repetitious, recursive strategy of the performative." (17) It would, in fact, seem to be precisely the disavowal of the performative supplement involved in the production of such a "continuist, accumulative temporality" that ultimately links Banks's crises of familial and national identity.
What Berns reveals is surprising: Instead of being ruled by the so-called pleasure principle, people are driven by challenge, adversity, and novelty.
Writer-director David Cohen has been making occasional features ("The Pleasure Principle," "Solo Shuttle") for well over a decade, and there's no doubting his mainstream sensibility.
Nia urges people to adhere to "the pleasure principle"--in other words, have a blast.
With commercial titles like Border Heat (Encanto, 2001) and The Pleasure Principle (Arabesque, 2004) dominating the imprint inventory, and (one presumes) the sales figures, many writers fear that we're perpetuating our own stereotypes.