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pleasure principle


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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  • noun (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the id; the principle that an infant seeks gratification and fails to distinguish fantasy from reality


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