One's sexual drive or urge within, as described by Freud. The force within, that determines one's sexual urges, desires.
Libido refers to the part of the subconscious mind, or energy within a person, that regulates the sexual desires of a person.
This form of energy creates some internal conflicts, at times, based on many outside factors, as well as chemical factors, of the body itself.
It is this 'energy' that creates one's sexual desires, though not always fully achieved, or even attempted.
It is also the level of one's desire for sexual interaction.
Popularized by Sigmund Freud as the instinct energy within the subconscious mind of a person.
Freud contented that one's libido or sexual instinct was often times in conflict with the constraints of society, resulting in defense mechanisms within the mind.
The defenses were used to deny the urges, the desires of the mind, in fulfilling those needs, resulting in creating substitutes for the unfulfilled urges of the Libido.
It was theorized that such defenses, or reliance on to many of them, led to neurosis, that would show up later on.
Many factors influence one's libido.
There are the psychological reasons for reduced libido, such as loss of privacy, stress, depression, or even a reduction in intimacy with another that can lower one's libido.
Other factors or combinations that impact one's libido can also be simply prolonged exposure to elevated sounds, or even bright lights.
Previous childhood traumas, such as abuse will also generate issues, that can cause low or high libido.
One's view of themselves is another factor, and their perception of what is desirable, or not, in a person's physical make up.
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Physical factors also can influence the ups and downs of one sexual instincts.
Hypothyroidism is one such instance, that can impact one's sexual desires, or libido.
Types of medication can also impact the libido, as can certain diseases, such as Diabetes.
Various forms of medication can impact the testosterone levels, which also stimulate one's subconscious sexual urges.
Lifestyle is another factor in how one's libido may operate, or be allowed to operate.
Malnourished or overweight people can have a low libido, due to chemical deficiencies or changes, that impact the bodies functions, or ability to function.
New studies are showing that many women who take 'the pill' experience a lower libido, due to the hormone imbalances created by the drug.
Studies also show that many women will have a higher sexual urge, days prior to their menstrual cycle, again based on the hormone levels, that are being naturally produced within the body.