Freud's Reality Principle: Definition & Overview


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At which stage in human psychological development does the reality principle begin to develop?

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1. How does someone with a well-developed reality principle go about attaining pleasure?

2. In Freudian psychology, which part of the psyche handles realistic expectations about reality, such as the reality principle?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will test your understanding of Freud's reality principle. You will be quizzed on the definition of the reality principle and how it functions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will gauge your knowledge of the following:

  • At what stage of human development the reality principle starts to develop
  • Definition of the reality principle
  • What portion of the mind governs the reality principle
  • How the ego works

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the reality principle
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about personality theory in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as ego and pleasure principle
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the reality principle

Additional Learning

To learn more about this aspect of personality theory, review the corresponding lesson on Freud's Reality Principle. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the reality principle
  • Differentiate between the reality principle and the pleasure principle
  • Understand the importance of the reality principle