DUAL INSTINCT THEORY By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 Psychoanalytic theory. Life is governed by 2 opposing forces life instinct and death instinct. DUAL INSTINCT THEORY: "Dual instinct theory looks at Eros and Thanatos as life and death instincts." Related Psychology Terms SEXUAL INSTINCT 1 INTRAPSYCHIC CONFLICT DESTRUDO ANNIHILATION BALANCE 1 NIRVANA PRINCIPLE MECHANISTIC INTCRACTIONISM AGGRESSIVE INSTINCT PRIMAL SADISM DEATH INSTINCT Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "DUAL INSTINCT THEORY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/dual-instinct-theory/ (accessed August 25, 2019).