In psychoanalysis, the mental process directly related to the learned and acquired functions of the ego and characteristic of conscious and preconscious mental activities; marked by logical thinking and by the tendency to delay gratification by regulation of the discharge of instinctual demands. Also known as: thinking. Compare with: primary process.

SECONDARY PROCESS: "The ego is subject to applications of secondary process."
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