productive orientation

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In neo-Freudian theory, a term used by the German-born US psychoanalyst Erich Fromm (1900–80) to denote a character type manifesting full use of potential and realization of latent potentialities, independent thinking, respect for self and others, enjoyment of sensual pleasures without anxiety, and delight in nature and works of art. Compare exploitative orientation, hoarding orientation, marketing orientation, receptive orientation.

Subjects: Psychology.

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