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Friedman, J.A. (1992). Freud's Todestrieb: an Introduction. Part 1. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 19:189-196.

(1992). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 19:189-196

Freud's Todestrieb: an Introduction. Part 1

John A. Friedman


Psychoanalysis has, for the most part, rejected Freud's Todestrieb, claiming it is too speculative,

biological or even autobiographical. The notion of Todestrieb is to be properly understood in the context of Freud's thinking and questioning. Death itself appears here not as a brute, biological fact, but rather as the destiny/destination of the living entity, with such a journey driven by an instinctual urge. Such an understanding is founded on the recognition of the repetition compulsion and on the disclosure of the essential nature of instinct as 'conservative'.

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