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secondary process

noun, Psychoanalysis.
the conscious mental activity and logical thinking controlled by the ego and influenced by environmental demands.
Compare primary process. Unabridged
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  • 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
secondary process in Medicine

secondary process n.
In psychoanalysis, the mental process directly related to the functions of the ego and characteristic of conscious and preconscious mental activities, marked by logical thinking and by the tendency to delay gratification by regulation of actions based on instinctual demands.

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