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In psychoanalysis, behaviour or activity that an instinct (3) exerts pressure on a person to perform, performance of the behaviour resulting in resolution of internal tension. Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) introduced the distinction between the instinctual aim, the instinctual object, and the instinctual source in his book Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905). See also aim-inhibition.

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