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noun Psychoanalysis.
the motivating force or mechanism by which the child, who has previously sought immediate gratification of all wishes, realizes that gratification must sometimes be deferred or forgone.
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Origin of reality principle

First recorded in 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for reality principle

reality principle

noun
psychoanal control of behaviour by the ego to meet the conditions imposed by the external world
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Medical definitions for reality principle

reality principle

n.
In psychoanalysis, awareness of and adjustment to environmental demands in a manner that moderates the pleasure principle and assures ultimate satisfaction of instinctual needs.
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