One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An innate desire for self-preservation, manifest in hunger, self-defensive aggression, and the sexual instincts.Compare with death instinct
- ‘Ordinarily of course, self-directed aggression conflicts with the life instinct, especially its self-preservative component, the animus.’
- ‘Sure, they keep on plugging along, but it's more trapped-animal life instinct than true will.’
- ‘This appears to be in contrast with the role of the life instinct and sublimation in the creative arts which aim to new expression, rather than a simple enactment of the perverse impulse.’
- ‘The death instinct unties the object relations, and the life instinct reties them.’
- ‘In his later writings, and in particular following his identification of a ‘death instinct’, Freud positioned the libido as the characteristic energy of the life instincts.’
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