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Medical Term:

primary process


Definition: in psychoanalysis, the mental process directly related to the functions of the primitive life forces associated with 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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