ELAN VITAL By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 The vital force of energy that animates a living thing as described by Henri Bergson, 1859-1941, that propels life through evolution. Also called life force. ELAN VITAL: "Elan vital is the life force in all living things." Related Psychology Terms VITALISM BIOCHEMISTRY BIOLOGY BASAL METABOLISM MORTIDO PSYCHIC ENERGY BIOSPHERE ADAPTATION BIOGRAPHICAL EVALUATION AND SCREENING OF TROOPS ENCEPHALIZATION Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ELAN VITAL," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/elan-vital/ (accessed April 11, 2021).