reality principle

noun
re·​al·​i·​ty principle | \ rē-ˈal-ət-ē- How to pronounce reality principle (audio) \

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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“Reality principle.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/reality%20principle. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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