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drives, innate and acquired


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Energizing forces directed towards a particular goal or objective. Drives may be viewed as innate (physiological) or acquired (learned). In the former case the term is sometimes used as an alternative to instinct—though drive suggests less pre-patterning of behaviour. It is arguably a better translation of Sigmund Freud's trieb than is instinct. See also need.

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