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Vermorel, M. (1990). The Drive [ Trieb ] from Goethe to Freud. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 17:249-256.

(1990). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 17:249-256

The Drive [ Trieb ] from Goethe to Freud

Madeleine Vermorel


The modern sense of Trieb became established in Goethe's 'mobility'. Freud created his theory of instinct in 1905 on the basis of Helmholtz's concept of Triebkraft and from then on was to use the word Trieb only, distinguishing it from Instinkt.

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