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life instinct

noun
1.
See under death instinct.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10

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)
Origin
1915-20
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British Dictionary definitions for life instinct

life instinct

noun
1.
(psychoanal) the instinct for reproduction and self-preservation
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life instinct in Medicine

death instinct n.
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. Also called Thanatos.

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

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