The machines intertwined their lessons with the basic drives, weaving a pattern of learned behavior with the life instinct.
The life instinct in me would not be doomed, but was insistent in its demands and made me flee from insanity and death.
The life instinct was fully awakened in him now, as the dread from which he had run became more distant.
The dance satisfied this life instinct, which, when that outlet was made difficult, sought some other way.
life instinct n.
In psychoanalytic theory, the instinct of self-preservation and sexual procreation.
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.