Eros, Life Instinct: Definition & Explanation


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Which Greek word for love refers to romantic love?

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1. Sigmund Freud extended the definition of Eros to include:

2. According to Sigmund Freud, Eros is just one part of a dual system. The other part, its counterpart, is:

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About This Quiz and Worksheet

The concept of Eros from Greek mythology was adapted by Sigmund Freud for use in psychoanalysis. This quiz and worksheet tests your knowledge of Eros, Thanatos, and Freud's application of these ideas to his work.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In this assessment, you will be tested on the definitions of:

  • Eros
  • Thanatos
  • Life Instinct

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you drew the most significant information from the lesson on Eros from Greek mythology and life instinct
  • Making connections- use your understanding of the terms Eros and Thanatos to see how Freud applied them to psychoanalysis
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the history of these terms and Freud's contribution to these ideas

Additional Learning

To learn more about Eros and its place in psychoanalysis, review the following lesson Eros, Life Instinct: Definition & Explanation. This lesson addresses the following objectives:

  • Define Eros and Thanatos in Greek mythology
  • Differentiate between four different Greek words for love
  • Explain how Freud applied these ideas to psychoanalysis
  • Apply Freud's theory of the importance of the duality of Eros and Thanatos