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instinct

 [in´stinkt]
a complex of unlearned responses characteristic of a species. adj., adj instinc´tive.
death instinct Freud's concept of an unconscious drive toward dissolution and death, in opposition to the life instinct.
herd instinct the instinct or urge to be one of a group and to conform to its standards of conduct and opinion.
life instinct Freud's concept of all the constructive tendencies of the organism aimed at maintenance and perpetuation of the individual and species, in opposition to the death instinct.

life in·stinct

the instinct of self-preservation and sexual procreation; the basic urge toward preservation of the species.
Synonym(s): sexual instinct

life in·stinct

(līf in'stingkt)
The instinct of self-preservation and sexual procreation; the basic urge toward preservation of the species.
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17) Marie, his younger, attractive, second wife, has come to dominate his more austere first wife, Marguerite, that is to say, his life instinct has come to the fore while his death instinct has been repressed.
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.