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In psychoanalysis, one of the two classes of instincts (3) or drives in the early classification of Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), the other being the ego instincts of self-preservation. In Freud's theory, the form of energy driving the sexual instinct is libido, and it drives a far wider range of activity than is ordinarily understood by sexual behaviour. In his later classification, first introduced in 1920, he distinguished between Eros (the life instincts, including the sexual instinct) and Thanatos (the death instinct). Also called the sex instinct, sexual drive, or sex drive.

Subjects: Psychology.

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