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.
(psychoanal) control of behaviour by the ego to meet the conditions imposed by the external world
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.
- Reality programming
noun See reality television
- Reality television
noun a genre of television programming in which “real life” people are followed in a situation, game, etc.; also called reality TV , reality programming Usage Note reality show, reality TV show n
noun, Psychiatry. 1. the objective evaluation of situations, defective in certain psychoses, that enable one to distinguish between the external and the internal worlds and between the self and the nonself. reality testing n. In psychoanalytic theory, the ego function by which the objective or real world and one’s relationship to it are evaluated and […]
[ree-uh-luh-zey-shuh n] /ˌri ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/ noun 1. the making or being made real of something imagined, planned, etc. 2. the result of such a process: The new church was the realization of a ten-year dream. 3. the act of realizing or the state of being realized. 4. an instance or result of realizing. 5. […]