libido

(redirected from libidinal)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.
Related to libidinal: libidinal energy, libidinal development

libido

(lĭbē`dō, –bī`–) [Lat.,=lust], psychoanalytic term used by Sigmund Freud to identify instinctive energy with the sex instinct. For Freud, libido is the generalized sexual energy of which conscious activity is the expression. C. G. Jung used the term synonymously with instinctive energy in general. Many psychiatrists now feel that Freud overemphasized the concept of libido as the determinant of personality development and did not adequately emphasize the results of socializing forces. The term drive is often used instead of libido but without the sexual implications of the latter. See psychoanalysispsychoanalysis,
name given by Sigmund Freud to a system of interpretation and therapeutic treatment of psychological disorders. Psychoanalysis began after Freud studied (1885–86) with the French neurologist J. M.
..... Click the link for more information.
.

Libido

 

one of the basic concepts of psychoanalysis, developed by S. Freud.

According to Freud, the libido is a primarily unconscious drive of a sexual character. Unlike the urge for self-preservation, the libido may be repressed or undergo complex transformation. Freud believed that the libido is localized in different zones of the body during the process of individual development, determining the phases of psychosexual development and the respective changes in the objects of attraction (from autoeroticism to attraction to external objects). Upon encountering an external obstacle, the libido may return to past stages of development, acquiring the form of pathological regression. At the same time, it may turn away from the original goals and find expression in the processes of creativity (sublimation).

In a polemic with Freud, C. G. Jung reexamined the concept of libido. Jung denied the libido an exclusively sexual character, considering it psychic energy generally. Understood in this way, the libido appears in Jung’s theory as a metaphysical principle of the psyche and a basic psychic reality. In Jung’s idealistic treatment, this is an autonomous, closed system, functioning on the basis of the principle of compensation.

D. N. LIALIKOV

libido

[lə′bē·dō]
(psychology)
Sexual desire.
The sum total of all instinctual forces; psychic energy or drive usually associated with the sexual instinct.

libido

Psychoanal psychic energy emanating from the id
References in periodicals archive ?
To see this, it is necessary to look at Freud's idea regarding the libidinal object-choices made by men, and at his theory of projection.
Egonun bedenle butunlesmesi, yani libidinal yatirimini nesnelerden cekerek tamamen bedene yoneltmesi narsisistik doneme bir gerileme (regresyon) olarak degerlendirilebilir.
By contrast to the deadly-birth vision the new imago does not appear in a milieu of a violent libidinal affectivity.
The powerful rivalry of the two women for Kofman's allegiance and her legacy was underwritten by the (French) state whose own interests are served by and through the sublimation of private libidinal energies.
In other words, the future of Shakespeare studies and early modern English studies depends on engagements with this moment of libidinal historicity--not by forcing coherence between the present and the past, but precisely by exposing the points of crisis with our own sense of racial categorization.
It would seem that those who breathe the loudest have the strongest connection with and power over the libidinal drive, while those who do not have no power over their own sexual identity.
In Lacanian psychoanalytic practice, the traversing of a fantasy is a period during the cure characterized by a dis-identification, when a re-articulation of the core not just of one's self-identity, but of one's basic mode of enjoyment, one's basic orientation to satisfaction and libidinal connections, is occurring.
One promise of this approach is realized through the variety of musicological discussion thereby enabled, the diverse subject matter of each individual chapter serving here as cases in point: "Defining the Urban Ethos," "Space, Place, and Popular Music in Curacao and Elsewhere," "Mourning the Impossible Libidinal City in Boogie Nights," "Marxist Music Analysis after Adorno," and "Music for the Design-Intensive City.
Clearly, then, in terms of QANG's un/conscious libidinal-aggressive self-structuration of his internal object relations, the recurrent vision articulates an internal positive libidinal binding of his contra-sexual feminine self-object (12) manifest as the wild fowl and her nest and eggs.
Analytically, the craving for food invariably shows itself to be unsatisfied libidinal needs emerging through oral components of sexuality.
The terms that signal Irene's libidinal investments--routine, security, fixity, certainty-seem to extend her managerial and disciplinary function, so that reversing the circuit that Deleuze installs between interest and desire, we might say that, for Irene, desire "always follows and finds itself where [interest] has placed it.
And how does Ozon--who says "I am alone and prefer to be alone"--channel his libidinal energy?