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libido (Jungian)

The psychic energy that motivates the psyche. Interest, attention and drive are all expressions of libido. The libido invested in a given item is indicated by the quantity of its "value-charge," either positive or negative.


Definition copyright © Daryl Sharp, condensed from: C. G. Jung Lexicon: A Primer of Terms and Concepts (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts)