death instinct meaning
Noun: death instinct dethin'stingkt
Derived forms: death instincts
Encyclopedia: Death instinct
n : an innate and unconscious tendency toward self-destruction postulated in psychoanalytic theory to explain aggressive and destructive behavior not satisfactorily explained by the pleasure principle —called also Thanatos —compare EROS
- instinct theory of s . freud-the living and death instinct in chinese contemporary literature
- Gradually, Freud developed his theory of death instinct, which is in opposition to libido.
- He believed that the death instinct starts immediately after birth and intends to return in the future.
- He compares Thomas More's ( Utopia ) and nihilistic, unconsciously motivated by a death instinct.
- Lear disagrees with Freud in some areas, too, particularly Freud's theory of the death instinct.