irresistible impulse

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ir·re·sist·i·ble im·pulse

a compulsion to act such that one feels or claims it cannot be resisted.
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The impulse-control disorders are characterized by the buildup of an irresistible impulse, followed by an action to relieve it, then guilt or remorse.
I write partly out of an irresistible impulse to hold forth--for the sheer pleasure of expressing and communicating ideas--partly for the satisfaction of being credited and recognized for my work, partly to persuade people, and partly to provoke public conversations and consideration of ideas.
In its "Statement on the Insanity Defense," for example, the American Psychiatric Association notes that psychiatrists have little scientific basis for assessing volition because "The line between an irresistible impulse and an impulse not resisted is probably no sharper than that between twilight and dusk.
Those who feel an irresistible impulse to control institutions, to govern, to impose their will on others, surely lack the temperament Gov.
Obeying an irresistible impulse, they start an ascent that could last a few weeks.
Nevertheless, volitional impairment continues to be asserted under four major theories, each of which purports to establish that the defendant was, in fact, out-of-control: (1) Determinism or Universal Causation, (2) Defect of the Will, (3) Irresistible Impulse, and (4) Hard Choice.
During initial questioning, Smith admits to killing Jones but claims that he was driven to do so by some irresistible impulse resulting from a delusional state.
Having conducted such thorough excavations, Franklin is in a position to take issue with those who he feels have only scratched the surface, notably Edward Said in Orientalism, where Jones is said to have exhibited 'an irresistible impulse to codify, to subdue the infinite variety of the Orient', to domesticate it 'and thereby turn it into a province of European learning'.
A devoted young lover's fascination with the sensitivity of his older mistress is an ode to the resplendence of obsessive devotion: "he feels an irresistible impulse to fall to his knees and to stay fixed there as if witnessing a divine miracle.