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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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With the title on the line, and in sight, it means Hamilton has to temper his naturally aggressive instincts with a slightly more defensive attitude at times.
And even boys, while they generally have more aggressive instincts, can be taught that it is unmanly, even Neanderthal, to bully girls.
So Botham's instinctive aggressive instincts were diluted by understandable realism.
Although I'm all for playing attacking cricket, there are times when you have to rein in your natural aggressive instincts. If you've got to play out five maidens on the trot, you do.
Ferdinand's stance might not go down too well with officials trying to clean up soccer's tarnished image, but it is met with agreement by United midfielder Darren Fletcher, who can also see the positive aspects of Rooney's aggressive instincts.
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.
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." This is the most powerful tyranny of all.
From Hegel Mr Fukuyama has adopted the myth that human progress began with 'the bloody battle' between individual males indulging their aggressive instincts. He never deigns to offer empirical evidence for this notion, and reiterates the phrase 'bloody battle' with repulsive relish.
(Exasperated with American psychologists' perennial concern about whether a child's intellectual progress could be speeded up, Piaget called this issue the "American question.") According to the authors, other social sciences have undermined the idea of individual responsibility by attributing a person's harmful actions to social forces (poverty), psychological excuses (stress) or biological inevitability (aggressive instincts).
Limited-overs cricket, however, continues to be the strength of this team and suits their aggressive instincts.
If they get a rise out of that child and there are no consequence attached to it - the child remained passive and didn't tell a teacher or parent - then it is established that this is a good target and I can get my dominance or control or my aggressive instincts out here," Dr Wyne said.

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