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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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He effectively uses costume and body zones but Anally, because it is the best time of his life to parade that the death instinct in him was in ascendancy over the life instinct.
14) Sugarman contends that, for Freud, the death instinct (Thanatos) functions in opposition to the life instincts (Eros).
This is why, beginning with the poem's third verse-paragraph and continuing to its conclusion, the life instinct (or will-to-live), symbolized and manifested here as eros, and something like a death instinct blur with one another.
They no longer fit neatly into his pleasure principal, engendering his controversial ideas about the death instinct.
What reason could she have," wonders Heyst, concerning Lena's decision to confront Ricardo, "Was it the promptings of some obscure instinct"; and indeed we could say that Lena's actions are motivated by the seemingly paradoxical death instinct which, however, is no less obscure than that of survival (Victory 294).
sadism, a desire to subsume its death instinct into the life instinct.
He walks the listener briskly through the life and evolving ideas of Freud, using, with definitions, the vocabulary that has insinuated itself into the popular lexicon: id, ego, and superego: narcissism, aggression, repression, paranoia, free association, transference and countertransference; unconscious and subconscious; sex, the death instinct, and dream interpretation.
Conversely, the death instinct originates with the birth of the human being and is an integral part of development, as has been pointed out by Freud (1926) and Klein (1945).
Using Freud's division, Hedges sees two impulses at tension: Eros, that "propels us to become close to others, to preserve and conserve, and the Thanatos, or death instinct, the impulse that works towards the annihilation of all living things, including ourselves.
But while the lower animals have an innate instinct for survival, Freud's humans must wrestle with a drive toward self-destruction he called "the death instinct.
17) The episode that best epitomizes the power of the death instinct occurs in chapter twenty-four, when Pym succumbs to the allure of the abyss:
Benjamin considers omnipotence "the manifestation of Freud's death instinct.