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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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For Joanne Faulkner, life drive attempts to reduce tension by restraining and discharging energy while death drive increase tension in order for the organism to reach stability and inorganic state (162).
It evokes the Freudian death drive, which I will explore in the last section of this essay.
Although her blonde locks and saucer-like eyes suggest a conventional femininity, Hitchcock invests Marnie with a complicated personal and emotional history that reveals narcissistic and antisocial tendencies and, indeed, a dalliance with the death drive.
Therefore, Heathcliff "anticipates the death drive, the desire to get beyond his romantic grief to some kind of 'real', pre- (or post-) linguistic connection with Catherine" (DeRosa 34).
Derived from his reading of Freud on the death drive, this account of Mrs.
In particular, Edelman's notions of queerness as pertaining to a rejection of (reproductive) futurity and an embrace of the death drive can help one to make a queer critique of Synge's play that still touches upon issues of reproduction and the body.
Graham Wolfe aborde un sujet plus sobre dans << Normand Chaurette's Fragments d'une lettre d'adieu lus par des geologues and the Zizekian Death Drive >>, ou il offre une lecture originale et subtile d'une piece signee par Chaurette en 1986 sur le deces d'un geologue au Cambodge en se servant du concept de << pulsion de mort >> de Slavoj Zizek.
Derrida defines Freud's death drive variously throughout Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression, but simply stated: ".
Taken to its most problematic extreme, Lee Edelman argues in No Future that queer subjects who have been cathected as the death drive of the social should embrace such a position and seek to proliferate the dissolution of the Symbolic order, divesting themselves of any symbolic identifications and exploiting the disruptive potential of 'queer' jouissance.
To that end, Freud is explicitly flagged up as a guiding influence, notably his formulation of a death drive to counterbalance the instinct for life.
In this environment, images and writing are copies before they are originals and the death drive threatens to outpace the libido on the level of basic psychic formation.
24) From a slightly different perspective, we might propose that, similar to the moral expansion of reparations to encompass broader notions of justice, truth, and reconciliation in political theory, Klein's focus on the preservation of love in her psychic account of reparation might be seen as an attempt to shift the inexorable negativity of the death drive, and its will to destruction, in a more productive and moral direction, as well.