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death instinct

[′deth ‚in‚stinkt]
(psychology)
In psychoanalytic theory, the unconscious drive which leads the individual toward dissolution and death, and which coexists with the life instinct.
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Once Lara was out and spurred on by Smith's naturally aggressive instincts, Sarwan also became more adventurous and West Indies hit 53 runs off only four overs.
Paradoxically, by participating in universal pain, Canali filters through the message that the capacity to suspend suffering may emerge precisely among the losers in life; failure brings about the disappearance of egotism and aggressive instincts, and makes it possible to look around with a gaze full of pietas that makes us feel related to all creatures (in this meaning, Canali's love for animals shows itself at length in the book) in a camaraderie that redeems an otherwise insupportable drama.
From the novel by Michael Crichton, the movie chronicles the discovery of a race of ``killer apes'' - gorillas that were selectively bred and trained in ancient times to heighten their aggressive instincts for use as extremely lethal ``watch dogs'' - a novel yet plausible idea but a bad movie.
Freud saw that "an internalized tyranny imposed on each of us by a harsh superego is the primary means by which civilization manages to check both our sexual and our aggressive instincts.
From Hegel Mr Fukuyama has adopted the myth that human progress began with 'the bloody battle' between individual males indulging their aggressive instincts.
With the title on the line, and within sight, it means Hamilton has to temper his naturally aggressive instincts with a slightly more defensive attitude at times.
Mauresmo did it the hard way, fighting back from a set down, holding her nerve, staying true to her aggressive instincts.
United midfielder Darren Fletcher can also see the positive aspects of Rooney's aggressive instincts.
The belligerent Dane, who once captivated TV watcher Mike Tyson with his aggressive instincts, decided to make Everton's 200th home Premiership game the vehicle for his own tour de force.
Having amassed five red cards already in his short career, the Leeds-born player has tried to remodel his game, taking out the rough stuff while retaining the aggressive instincts that make him such a handful to subdue.
Still, between his own aggressive instincts and the new concrete backing on the Edison Field wall, he managed to hurt his ribs, just not enough to go on the DL.
The hardman is trying to calm down, even though he admits he finds it hard to curb his aggressive instincts.

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