During psychoanalysis, the guideline that the individual ought to refrain from any gratifications which may divert him or her from the analytic course of action or deplete instinctual vitality, apprehension, and annoyance which may be employed as a motivation in the treatment. Instances of these kinds of gratifications are using tobacco, taking part in idle chat, acting out in the course of the treatment, unrestricted carnal actions, and all-consuming pursuits, along with enjoyment engaged in outside the treatment sessions. Also known as: abstinence rule.

RULE OF ABSTINENCE: "The rule of abstinence made it impossible for him to enjoy the holiday."
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