Book Definition: The Freudian concept of psychic energy that drives individuals to experience sensual pleasure. From the Latin word for "lust".

In Your Own Words


  • The force that makes us pursue things that makes us feel good.
  • The urge to create satisfaction.
  • This is somewhat similar to Harlow's Contact Comfort idea. We don't just seek our needs, we seek pleasure.
  • Essentially your sex drive.
  • Fuels sexual desires as well as work and leisure.

Examples/Functions


  • Going on a diet to lose weight makes you feel better because you're now a size 3 instead of size 8.
  • Running not to get in shape, but to get away from the world and to enjoy some time to yourself.
  • Studying additional courses in subjects you like even though they might not be required.
  • Doing more stretches at football or volleyball practice because it feels good, not only because you have to.
  • Composing music, writing poetry, creating art, performing in a music concert; all of these satisfy our urge and desire to create things of our own creation and release them into the world.
  • Pursuing extracurricular activities that make you feel better such as helping others by joining Key Club or helping the environment by joining the Environmental Club.
  • Choosing to go party instead of doing homework-- because it's fun!
  • One of the reasons behind people's wants to procreate.

Additional Resources


  1. http://health.discovery.com/centers/sex/sexpedia/libido.html
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libido
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