life instinct


life instinct

noun

  1. See under death instinct.

noun

  1. suicidal tendency or inclination; predisposition to self-destruction.
  2. Psychoanalysis. an impulse to withdraw or destroy, working in opposition to forces urging survival and creation (life instinct).

noun

  1. psychoanal the instinct for reproduction and self-preservation

n.

  1. In psychoanalytic theory, the instinct of self-preservation and sexual procreation.

n.

  1. A primitive impulse for destruction, decay, and death, manifested by a turning away from pleasure, postulated by Sigmund Freud as coexisting with and opposing the life instinct.Thanatos

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