(psychoanalysis) a Freudian term for sexual urge or desire
Sexual desire; the sexual instinct; the sex drive.
(Psychoanalysis) Those desires and instinctual energies which are derived from the id.
Sexual urges or drives.
Good God man, control your libido!
Drives or mental energies related or based on sexual instincts but not necessarily sexual in and of themselves.
Origin: From libido. Used originally in psychoanalytic contexts.
Libido, and colloquially sex drive, is a person's overall sexual drive or desire for sexual activity. Sex drive is determined by biological, psychological, and social factors. Biologically, levels of hormones such as testosterone are believed to affect sex drive; social factors, such as work and family, also have an impact; as do internal psychological factors, like personality and stress. Sex drive may be affected by medical conditions, medications, lifestyle and relationship issues. A person who has extremely frequent or a suddenly increased sex drive may be experiencing hypersexuality, or puberty in which the body builds up chemicals and causes a higher sex drive. However, there is no universally agreed measure of what is a healthy level for sex. Asexual people may lack any sexual desires. A person may have a desire for sex, but not have the opportunity to act on that desire, or may on personal, moral or religious reasons refrain from acting on the urge. Psychologically, a person's urge can be repressed or sublimated. On the other hand, a person can engage in sexual activity without an actual desire for it. Males reach the peak of their sex drive in their teens, while females reach it in their thirties. Multiple factors affect human sex drive, including stress, illness, pregnancy, and others.
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The psychic drive or energy associated with sexual instinct in the broad sense (pleasure and love-object seeking). It may also connote the psychic energy associated with instincts in general that motivate behavior.
The numerical value of libido in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of libido in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Libido is complicated because it's both physical and psychological.
It’s the same as women who go on birth control and have a great libido.
If a woman has low libido, most often there are other difficulties that go along with that.
Many people who are depressed or anxious don't have much of a libido so the concept of having less of one may be moot if they are having a hard time getting out of bed at all or getting to school or going out with their friends to the mall.
Just months after my return home, I, a 32-year-old once-virile male, was experiencing libido issues, we already had four children, waiting on our fifth, and my wife was thinking, ‘We have an enormous problem here. He doesn’t love me anymore.’ I didn’t know what was happening to me. I thought I just needed time.
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- غريزة جنسيةArabic
- Libido, sexuelle BegierdeGerman
- libiido, iha, sugutungEstonian
- libido, elämänvoima, himot, halutFinnish
- תשוקה, לִיבִּידוֹHebrew
- リビドー, 性衝動Japanese
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