The reality principle is a theory in psychoanalysis that defines it as representing the demands of the external world and requiring an individual to forgo instinctual demands for gratifications or to postpone it to a more appropriate time.

REALITY PRINCIPLE: "The reality principle puts a great deal of weight on dealing with the world as it is and not allowing presonal demands conflict with reality."
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