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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.

death in·stinct

an instinct of living creatures toward self-destruction, death, or a return to the inorganic lifelessness from which they arose.
Synonym(s): aggressive instinct

death instinct

n.
A primitive impulse for destruction, decay, and death, postulated by Sigmund Freud as coexisting with and opposing the life instinct. Also called Thanatos.

death instinct

instinctive behavior that tends to be self-destructive.

death in·stinct

(deth in'stingkt)
The instinct of all living creatures toward self-destruction, death, or a return to the inorganic lifelessness from which they arose.
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Derrida states that everyone craves nostalgia and the meaning and explanation from where things have come in relation to Freud's death drive.
Indeed, this reading may seem conclusive, but in my opinion there resides a compulsion to repeat also in resorting to theory (repeatedly the same old theory)--this may relate to the death drive in that by doing so one snuffs out the unbearable charge of the particular instance or text.
Lee Edelman, No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive (Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2005), p.
Before launching into an analysis of how the Freudian death drive pervades the experience of simulated death vis-a-vis the world of digital gaming, it would be beneficial to revisit how death-as-representation has evolved as a necessary simulation and what symptom is being manifested through the need to interact with simulations of death.
Machine Ego," his recent show at Toronto's 2 of 2 Gallery (through April 4), attempts to upstage or reboot contemporary art's technological death drive.
I wanted, I told you, to extract death from its impure ore, wanted to free myself from the death drive in order to reach the decision of death.
In the story, the cat's first appearance is very suggestive: the hogshead of course stands for the sins of the oral drive (gluttony, dipsomania) which ultimately lead to the death drive.
Thanatos, the death drive, is the counterpart of Eros, the life instinct.
Thus, chapter 2, "Vampires, Death Drives and Silent Film," juxtaposes Freud's speculative theory of the death drive and general understandings of the objective of psychoanalysis with a concurrent phenomenon, silent film--in particular, Louis Feuillade's 1915 serial film, Les Vampires, and, to a lesser extent, F.
As with some of the most visceral passages in contemporary Lebanese fiction, which capture the point at which the war turns into a kind of self-perpetuating syndrome, the climax of "B as in Beirut" fuses the sex drive and the death drive together and the results are as devastating as they are irreversible, a crueler rendering of Lady Macbeth's damned spot.
In the ancient world, the hideously destructive furies, who are a kind of image of Thanatos or the Death Drive, are converted in Aeschylles' Orestia into the kindly Eumenides: tutelary deities are institutionalised, incorporated within the city, their unspeakably awful terror diverted and turned outwards to protect the city.
6) Designed to fit into a post-Hegelian ideology, Zizek's imbrication with Lacan inspires a hermeneutic pattern that invariably appeals to the death drive and aggressivity, to explain the failures of both democracies and totalitaranisms.