Why do some people continue in what appears to be self-destructive
behaviour? Aside from the idea that what appears to be
self-destructive may in fact represent an attempt at adaptation,
Freud's idea of a death drive is also worth considering.
Freud suggested that life, which originally developed from inorganic
matter, might have eventually developed a desire to return to an
The death drive is about dissolving connections and destruction
rather than about establishing or holding on to ties.