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death instinct

n.
A primitive impulse for destruction, decay, and death, postulated by Sigmund Freud as coexisting with and opposing the life instinct. Also called Thanatos.

death′ in`stinct


n.
1. Psychoanal. an impulse to withdraw or destroy, working in opposition to forces urging survival and creation (life instinct).
2. suicidal tendency or inclination.
[1915–20]
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Noun1.death instinct - (psychoanalysis) an unconscious urge to die
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
impulse, urge - an instinctive motive; "profound religious impulses"
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Ehrenreich properly emphasizes the role of predator defense as an evolutionary force in the human past and rejects the notion that an aggressive instinct is the "wellspring of war," or that male biology had a commanding role.
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But, Carty and Paul curbed their natural aggressive instincts to calmly turn the final their team's way again.
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If they get a rise out of that child and there are no consequence attached to it - the child remained passive and didn't tell a teacher or parent - then it is established that this is a good target and I can get my dominance or control or my aggressive instincts out here," Dr Wyne said.

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