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primary process

noun, Psychoanalysis.
the generally unorganized mental activity characteristic of the unconscious and occurring in dreams, fantasies, and related processes. Unabridged
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  • Such is, so to speak, the primary process of modern warfare.

    War and the Future H. G. Wells
  • Nevertheless, the manifold changes, as will be shown within, appear to be but stages of one primary process.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • I show by another point for what purpose the second system is obliged to correct the primary process.

    Dream Psychology Sigmund Freud
  • The primary process goes on for about five years, during which time he has read through most of his school-books.

  • But, in reality, all this business of formulation and enforcement is a secondary process, not a primary process at all.

    A Critical Examination of Socialism

    William Hurrell Mallock
primary process in Medicine

primary process n.
In psychoanalysis, the mental process directly related to the functions of 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.

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