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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.

re·al·i·ty prin·ci·ple

the concept that the pleasure principle in personality development is modified by the demands of external reality; the principle or force that compels the growing child to adapt to the demands of external reality.

reality principle

n.
In psychoanalysis, the satisfaction of instinctual needs through awareness of and adjustment to environmental demands.

re·al·i·ty prin·ci·ple

(rē-al'i-tē prin'si-pĕl)
The concept that the pleasure principle in personality development is modified by the demands of external reality; the principle or force that compels the growing child to adapt to the demands of external reality.
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In other words, for Marcuse, the mythic phantasy contains the potential kernel of a new reality principle.
Reality principle and the stability of the representations investment, based the Aristotelian logic because the stable investment of representations ensure the stability of the identity of objects.
In Freudian terms, the trajectory of Marcial's development--as is evident in the following summary--can be described as a movement away from the domination of the reality principle towards pleasure that becomes play under the influence of the pleasure principle: Marcial's wife, the Marquise of Capellanias drowns under suspicious circumstances in the river Almendares.
[1] Roszak's The Voice of the Earth (1992) and "Beyond the Reality Principle" explore this recent therapeutic trend, which defines mental health "within a biospheric context," focusing on the individual's relationship (or tack thereof) with the natural world ("Reality Principle" 61).
From a psychoanalytic point of view, the employee must give up the pleasures and freedom of childhood to work in a world governed by the reality principle. Sublimating and repressing the pleasure principle causes many problems unless the employee willingly delays gratification.
This symptom of the reality principle is the most obvious feature of Little Sister in particular and Chandler's fiction in general--the hardboiled persona that insists on separation.
We are the most loving and responsible versions of the Reality Principle that they will ever encounter.
It's a reality principle. Presidents don't plan civilization.
For Ory, Medina shows ways the reality principle collided with the pleasure principle.
But even here Max as father figure suggests Bigger's psychological and political development: Unlike the punishing father/fuhrer figure who contributes to his omnipotent fantasies, the nurturing Max teaches Bigger how to think about his feelings and actions; and, more importantly, he teaches the hard lesson of the reality principle concerning the slow process of collective social change.
The pleasure principle gives way to the reality principle: "Her course of action was not to be dictated by magical thinking but was circumscribed by mundane reality." Mrs.
IN ESTABLISHING THE BOUNDARY between self and not-self, Freud used a loaded phrase: the "reality principle." The sane are in touch with reality, the crazy are not.