Medical Dictionary

reality principle

noun re·al·i·ty principle \rē-ˈal-ət-ē-\

Medical Definition of REALITY PRINCIPLE

:  the tendency to defer immediate instinctual gratification so as to achieve longer-range goals or so as to meet external demands (as from the physical environment or from a group of psychologically significant individuals)—compare pleasure principle


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