Terror, War and the Death Instinct


A critical response to the lecture delivered by Hanna Segal at the Workshop on War and Terror sponsored by the Institute of Group Analysis and the Journal 'Psychodynamic Practice' on 8th March 2003. Segal's dependence on Freud's construct of the Death Instinct is explored with further analysis of the death instinct as representing common pre and perinatal defences against anxiety. The paper concludes with an example of 'social dreaming'.