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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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Many of these processes are unconscious and automatic, so that, at first sight, identifying the details of the negotiation and of the compromise between the life instinct and the death instinct seems to be an impossible task.
The second theory is Freudian Psychoanalytic theory which concludes every human being is born with two types of instincts: Eros- the life instinct and Thanatos- the death instinct.
org/newvolume), both Muponde (2000) and Gappah (2009) use the dance motif less as an expression of desires or ideals to be gratified than as an expression of, and an obsession with the death instinct.
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Following Lee Edelman's revisionist theory of Freud's death instinct in No Future (in which book, Edelman coins the term sinthomosexuality, meaning the repetitive compulsiveness of the death instinct that 'continually deflects itself into a compulsive Otherness'), Bruhm argues that Jackson's Gothic: 'produces a gleefully embodied death drive, a physical, dancing force that guts the pious, future-oriented homo-violent culture that, as Edelman points out, deploys the signifier "child" to suspend or invalidate the rights of any other group'.
Because the death instinct is predicated on an erotic impulse to create matrixes through which one might modify--or sublimate--the instinctual threat perceived, where one can, while excluding the physical consequences, transform into pleasure the stimulation afforded from the danger associated with death, it seems all too easy to argue that representation is equal to impulse and that there is always something libidinal buried beneath the portrayal of invasion or subjugation.
Stratham Younger, to find the perpetrators in The Death Instinct (Riverhead, January).
Considerable research attention has focused on Freud's notion of the death instinct, the destructive function of the death drive, the death drive as the basic constituent of the psyche, and the silent existence of the death drive.
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