THANATOS AND EROS 2 Abstract In order to understand Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis. psychoanalysis. Thanatos being the drive of death and destruction and Eros being the drive of creativity and .. Estructura y Dinamica Interior. death drive, mourning and melancholia (S. Kahn: Eros &Thana- 1 Referring to Freud’s death drive by the name of ‘Thanatos’, the Greek God of Death, is common, although Gabriel Y., , Organizations and a state of darkness: Towards a the- Masson J., , Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess. Sigmund Freud () was born in Moravia (then part of Austria; now in . Ideal demands are antagonistic to sexuality (Eros) and aggression (Thanatos).

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From the conservative, restorative character of instinctual life, Freud derived his death drive, with its “pressure towards death”, and the resulting “separation of the death instincts from the life instincts” [21] seen in Eros. It also differed from the meaning of the word in contemporary literature and poetry.

The image of the “arrow’s wound” was frsud used to create oxymorons and rhetorical antithesis concerning its pleasure and pain. A tendency toward the loss of heat, descent, equilibrium, stability, and irreversibility is expressed in the concept of entropy 6, But I feel like the evidence for Thanatos existing is overwhelming, if only in anecdotal ways.

Living organisms undergo gradual decay and then die, which should be axiomatically clear and therefore unnecessary to prove.


With the birth, we are faced with the experience of needs. As differentiated from a cell undergoing necrotic death, in apoptosis the cells show abnormal shriveling, while electron mircography reveals condensed cytoplasm with the organelles appearing normal.

In Civilization and its DiscontentsFreud says, “Civilization. Notify me of new comments via email. It became a mode of stress relief. Freu and Its Discontents.

Views Read Edit View history. At first he used the terms “death instinct” and “destructive instinct” indiscriminately, alternating between them, but in his discussion with Einstein about war he made the distinction that the former is directed against the self and the latter, derived from it, is directed outward.

Explaining Thanatos (The Death Drive) | Thoughts from the Middle Seat

It is impressive indeed that this program of cell death has been preserved all along the evolutional sequence, from the worm through the man 2,3,5, Watson University of Chicago Press. But who can foresee with what success and with what result?

When I was in middle school, to try to prove to myself I had control over my life, I would conduct random fasts, and not eat anything for a day.

This bonding or “civilization” works against individual happiness. Even with such support, however, he remained very tentative to the book’s close about the provisional nature of his theoretical construct: Alexander, it might lead to a conclusion in favor of Freud’s consideration: One of them is fighting to agglomerate the pieces of the four elements into single units, whereas the other, opposite to this, separates primary particles.

In historical aspect it seems that the concept of thanatos on the cellular level represents the fundamental theoretical hypothesis anticipating the existence of the programmed cellular death.


The term erotic is derived from eros.

Explaining Thanatos (The Death Drive)

These arguments are based on the discovered phenomenon of freuud programmed death on the cellular level. I beheld your features with my soul ere I saw them with my eyes; rumour, that told me of you, was the first to deal my wound.

In the classical world, erotic love was generally referred to as a kind of madness or theia mania “madness from the gods”. In what way are these actions destructive? Beyond the Pleasure Principle. Jung considers logos to be a masculine principle, while eros is a feminine principle. In some medieval texts, the gaze of a beautiful woman is compared to the sight of a basilisk —a legendary reptile said to have the power to cause death with a single glance.

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In other words, the term death “drive” is simply a false representation of death instinct. And the cognitive dissonance, I guess, between the private and the public. Unable to tolerate the frustrations of the restrictions civilization places on sexual life, the neurotic “substitutes” satisfactions, which are manifested as “symptoms.