life instinct


noun

psychoanal the instinct for reproduction and self-preservation

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  • The gradual disappearance of my “life-instinct,” which already began a few years ago, is now more marked, more precise.

Medical definitions for life instinct

life instinct

n.

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