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Medical Term:

primary process thinking


Definition: the unconscious thinking of the id, which uses symbols and metaphor, is focused on immediate gratification of instinctual demands and drives, disregards logic, and manifest itself during dreaming, in patients in psychotic states, and in young children.

See Also: concretization, displacement, symbolic representation, prelogical thinking

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