Pleasure Principle in Psychology


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Which of the following statements best defines the concept of the pleasure principle?

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1. Which of the following statements best defines Freud's concept of the id?

2. According to Freud, at what stage in human development does the pleasure principle give way to the reality principle?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of what the pleasure principle is and how it affects people. To pass the quiz you should be familiar with Sigmund Freud, the id, and purposes of the pleasure principle.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Pleasure principle definition
  • Define the Id
  • Pleasure principle stages
  • Practical application of pleasure principle

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related pleasure principle lesson
  • Critical thinking- apply relevant concepts to examine information about the pleasure principle in a different light like the purpose that it serves
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer questions about the who developed the pleasure principle theory

Additional Learning

To learn more about the pleasure principle, review the accompanying lesson called Pleasure Principle in Psychology. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Identify the reality principle
  • Distinguish differences between the id and the ego
  • Compare the pleasure principle and the reality principle
  • Learn the importance of this theory