life instinct

Origin of life instinct

First recorded in 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 of death instinct

First recorded in 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

life instinct

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

death instinct

n.
  1. 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.Thanatos
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