Which is the stronger instinctual drive: Eros or Thanatos?

Posted by: PetersSmith

"Your mother." -Sigmund Freud. Both Eros and Thanatos are part of the id, the part of the mind containing the drives present at birth; it is the source of human bodily needs, wants, desires, and impulses. If you don't agree with psychodynamic theory, then don't vote.

  • Eros; the sex drive and the life instinct are the stronger forces that influence behavior.

  • Thanatos; the aggressive drive and the death instinct are the stronger forces that influence behavior.

40% 2 votes
60% 3 votes
  • Maybe people (mostly men) like violence. But most people want to live in a moral society. There's a lot of attention for the cases where it goes wrong, but most people live good, moral lives. And when it goes wrong there's usually a long personal story behind it, people don't just 'go off' and start killing.

  • Have you ever watched a child indifferently squish a bug? I personally know someone who ripped the legs off of a frog while it was alive and I know everyone here played that game on the playgroung called throw the toad as far as you can. Murder is in our blood, it seeps through our DNA, the drive to kill. To hunt, to dominate and make your self more superior and powerful through force. Love is secondary in human nature.... Is this good, no, is it true, yes. The only reason man can cooperate today is because he has technology, that's it. we thirst for blood

  • I think youre even exposed to more instances where you'd use this side of your instinct vs love. Love is seen as a rare thing shared with a select few that you are close to ... This is the side you share with everyone else.

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PetersSmith says2015-04-13T22:57:10.0211227-05:00
I hope this isn't too one-sided...
TheHappyReaper says2015-04-14T06:43:42.8166037-05:00
Why are you shocked? Death is eternal, love is fleeting.
PetersSmith says2015-04-14T09:57:51.8301799-05:00
FreedomBeforeEquality: The sexual drive is not love.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-04-14T10:12:23.4946168-05:00
Ok ... Perhaps not as deep as love. Though i still only share that with a select few whom I form some type of attraction to. I think the comparison still holds true.
PetersSmith says2015-04-14T10:13:51.2741287-05:00
FreedomBeforeEquality: I mean, Freud didn't even think of the aggressive drive and the death instinct until the World Wars, and he focused on the psychosexual development of humans.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-04-14T10:24:17.1269839-05:00
Wherever the drive comes from though, be it sexual, jealousy, competitiveness, whatever, I think generally people are less aggressive in that regard than they are worried about survival and death. Survival is an everyday thing and something even the most sheltered communities cannot fully escape from in their day to day lives. I think they still consider those things most times versus considering what they actually desire and how to implement it only some of the time. Live to fight another day ... Sort of mentality. I think that's why when Eros comes forth and rules the day that we revere it so much. Its rare that it fully overcomes your instinct to survive.

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