An innate desire for self-preservation, manifest in hunger, self-defensive aggression, and the sexual instincts. Compare with death instinct.
- The death instinct unties the object relations, and the life instinct reties them.
- Ordinarily of course, self-directed aggression conflicts with the life instinct, especially its self-preservative component, the animus.
- This appears to be in contrast with the role of the life instinct and sublimation in the creative arts which aim to new expression, rather than a simple enactment of the perverse impulse.
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