PRIMARY GAINS

The psychoanalytical theory that states some patients get primary gain from possessing neurotic symptoms. The very symptoms themselves relieve them from the anxiety of threatening experiences.

PRIMARY GAINS: "One of Mellissa's primary gains from her excessive hand-washing was a lessening of fear of bacteria."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PRIMARY GAINS," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/primary-gains/ (accessed November 30, 2020).
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