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life instinct

n
(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal the instinct for reproduction and self-preservation

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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Freud, in the same book, defines life instincts or drive as "instincts which watch over the destinies" (40) of organisms, "provide [the organisms] with a safe shelter" (40) as well as exercise pressure "toward the prolongation of life" (44).
The life instincts should be regarded, ultimately, as death instincts.
14) Sugarman contends that, for Freud, the death instinct (Thanatos) functions in opposition to the life instincts (Eros).