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pri·mar·y pro·cess

in psychoanalysis, the mental process directly related to the functions of the primitive life forces associated with the id and characteristic of unconscious mental activity; marked by unorganized illogical thinking and by the tendency to seek immediate discharge and gratification of instinctual demands. Compare: secondary process.

primary process

Psychiatry In psychoanalysis, the unorganized mental activity of the unconscious, which is marked by the free discharge of energy and excitation without regard to demands of environment, reality, or logic. Cf Secondary process.

pri·mar·y pro·cess

(prī'mar-ē pros'es)
psychoanalysis The mental process directly related to the functions of the primitive life forces associated with the id and characteristic of unconscious mental activity; marked by unorganized, illogical thinking and by the tendency to seek immediate discharge and gratification of instinctual demands.
Compare: secondary process
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