maternal instinct


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maternal instinct

The drive by a mother to love and protect her young, which may be hard-wired in the brain based on functional MRI data in a small-series study in Tokyo. While it is popularly asserted that humans have a maternal instinct, its existence has been questioned, as it has proven difficult to study objectively.
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If the old bird profited by this occasional habit, or if the young were made more vigorous by advantage having been taken of the mistaken maternal instinct of another bird, than by their own mother's care, encumbered as she can hardly fail to be by having eggs and young of different ages at the same time; then the old birds or the fostered young would gain an advantage.
There was in Norah a maternal instinct which received satisfaction in her love for Philip; she wanted someone to pet, and scold, and make a fuss of; she had a domestic temperament and found pleasure in looking after his health and his linen.
Like du Bousquier, like the Chevalier de Valois, she had a policy of her own; she was on the watch for circumstances, awaiting the propitious moment for a move with the shrewdness of maternal instinct.
Her maternal instinct told her that Natasha had too much of something, and that because of this she would not be happy.
cried Elizabeth, every maternal instinct in her aroused.
The two older girls were a great deal to one another, but each took one of the younger sisters into her keeping and watched over her in her own way, `playing mother' they called it, and put their sisters in the places of discarded dolls with the maternal instinct of litte women.
And besides there is hardly a woman in the world, no matter how hard, depraved or frantic, in whom something of the maternal instinct does not survive, unconsumed like a salamander, in the fires of the most abandoned passion.
There was nothing in her now but the maternal instinct and that unaccountable fear.
The effect of the cultural pressure overrode the mother's maternal instinct," he said.
Describing herself as having the maternal instinct of pitta bread, she takes you through the highs and lows of planning parenthood.
Her maternal instinct works against her better judgment and Claire becomes increasingly involved in the older woman's dramas.
It was at that moment that Mandy watched in amazement as her oneyear-old Dalmatian discovered her maternal instinct.

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