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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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Two instincts are at battle in the human being: the life instinct and the death instinct.
Overcoming health concerns, and despite "safety nazis," Vollmann continues his sojourns outward as well as inward, and this dual journey may be what reinvigorates his life instinct.
If live is lived according to one's inner needs and not merely the edicts of society the Life Instinct is strong enough to win out over the magnetic pull of the grave.