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. He frequently finds inspiration in the world of ancient Greek tragedy, with its mystery and passion.