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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.

life in·stinct

the instinct of self-preservation and sexual procreation; the basic urge toward preservation of the species.
Synonym(s): sexual instinct

life in·stinct

(līf in'stingkt)
The instinct of self-preservation and sexual procreation; the basic urge toward preservation of the species.
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The death instinct unties the object relations, and the life instinct reties them.
Klein proposed in her later work that a primordial battle between the life instinct and the death instinct, each represented by fantasies, is waged in the psyche of an infant from birth.
According to Freud, the life instinct, containing the sexual instincts and that of self-preservation, finds itself in a constant struggle for supremacy with the death instinct, which is a destructiveness directed against the self and seeking to return to an earlier tension-less state prior to birth, since 'the aim of all life is death.'(13) The questionable validity of these ideas in themselves and the fact that they have been rejected by subsequent schools of psychoanalytical thought, are of no consequence when considered alongside their evident influence on Ionesco's own writing.