DEATH INSTINCT

with regard to psychoanalytic theory, an ambition whose objective is the lessening of psychical stress to the smallest potential degree, which is, death. It is initially directed inward as a self-destructive propensity and it then directed outward in the shape of aggressive intuitions.

DEATH INSTINCT: "The idea of death instinct was initially proposed by Sigmund Freud in his own penned book titled Beyond the Pleasure Principle."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "DEATH INSTINCT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/death-instinct/ (accessed October 18, 2019).
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