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death instinct

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Definition of death instinct in English:

noun

Psychoanalysis
An innate desire for self-annihilation, proposed by certain psychologists. Compare with life instinct.
Example sentences
  • Freud considered that aggression was derived from the death instinct being redirected towards the external world.
  • Conversely, the death instinct originates with the birth of the human being and is an integral part of development, as has been pointed out by Freud and Klein.
  • Segal describes a psychic pain involving the expression of the death instinct.

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