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In psychoanalysis, an unconscious, irrational mode of mental functioning, based on the pleasure principle, involving free energy governed by mechanisms such as condensation and displacement. Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) developed the concept at the beginning of his psychological work and expounded it at length in Chapter VII of his book The Interpretation of Dreams (1900, Standard Edition, IV-V). See also binding. Compare secondary process.

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