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primary process

noun, Psychoanalysis
1.
the generally unorganized mental activity characteristic of the unconscious and occurring in dreams, fantasies, and related processes.
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  • Nevertheless, the manifold changes, as will be shown within, appear to be but stages of one primary process.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • 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
  • Other peculiar traits include speech pathologies, and primary process (crazy) lying.

  • Unless that primary process is carried out clearly, the picture will be blurred for the hearer-beholder.

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  • I show by another point for what purpose the second system is obliged to correct the primary process.

    Dream Psychology Sigmund Freud
primary process in Medicine

primary process n.
In psychoanalysis, the mental process directly related to the functions of the id and characteristic of unconscious mental activity, marked by unorganized, illogical thinking and by the tendency to seek immediate discharge and gratification of instinctual demands.

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