irrational impulse


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a strong spontaneous and irrational motivation

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Of course, though Clarissa's "glimpse" comes from an irrational impulse to identify with Septimus, Woolf does not in Mrs.
I submit that Woolf advocates an acceptance of irrational impulses that restrain a compulsive and debilitating drive towards introspection and thus render more accessible to the outside world significant aspects of a private and productive inner self.
His suicide, a last, desperate move to an "embrace," (14) reveals the need to recognize, accept, and integrate irrational impulses into one's life.
For within us are the equally destructive passions, appetites, and irrational impulses of our animal-like bodies.
Yet the fact is that Gorbachev, no matter if a man of half-truth and of an inexorably doomed attempt to humanize totalitarianism, as the Lithuanian poet and literary scholar Tomas Venclova has labeled him, proved far less driven by irrational impulses of power and blood-thirst than one could expect from the cornered head of the most dangerous and unpredictable state in the world.
When they held talks in September 2002 in Pyongyang, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il told Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi that the abductions were conducted ''by special intelligence agents driven by irrational impulses and heroism.
The individual's social experience could control or trigger the release of irrational impulses.
Burt argues that these two notions are psychologically irreconcilable; that although we can deny the ambivalence resulting from attempts to reconcile them, we cannot suppress it; and that the struggle to maintain the denial is likely to eventuate in the eruption of irrational impulses and the emergence of strategies of concealment associated with mistreatment of the dying.
I, meanwhile, in deference to my own irrational impulses, have started taking precautions with my water bottle.
She provides thought-provoking comments on its irrational impulses, and on its rejection of--and rebellion against--historically enshrined strategies of style and thought.
Inasmuch as psychology insists that visceral emotions and irrational impulses inform political life, sullying an otherwise pristine reading of things, it offers an invaluable contribution to the discipline.
From this, you naturally expect that Mildred is one of Rowlands' patented neurotics, a woman under the influence of irrational impulses.
As a result, the novel's central theme is a double thrust: it underscores the darker side of human motivation; and it argues that the order, beauty, and inner unity we experience in music--and whose quintessence is symbolized by the harp--is the only refuge from the fears and irrational impulses that rage in the human heart and the larger world outside.