defusion of instincts

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In psychoanalysis, the separation of Eros and Thanatos, so that they pursue independent instinctual aims. Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), in his book The Ego and the Id (1923), cited the ambivalence of obsessional neurosis (obsessive-compulsive disorder) as one of the clearest examples of this phenomenon (Standard Edition, XIX, pp. 12–66, at p. 42). Compare fusion of instincts.

Subjects: Psychology.

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