ego instincts

ego in·stincts

self-preservative needs and self-love, as opposed to object love; drives that are primarily erotic.
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He subsequently alters his view considering repetition compulsion of the ego instincts, which he later calls death instincts, and adds, one "can predicate a conservative, or rather retrograde, character responding to a compulsion to repeat" (44).
His first works were influenced largely by avant-garde theater, and he only gradually refined his dance aesthetics to the metaphoric expressiveness of pure movement, which can reveal the deepest ego instincts.