Open Journal of Psychiatry

Volume 8, Issue 2 (April 2018)

ISSN Print: 2161-7325   ISSN Online: 2161-7333

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On the Nature of Suicide—Suicide as a Multipurpose Behaviour Nested in the Human Mind—An Alternative View!

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DOI: 10.4236/ojpsych.2018.82013    1,083 Downloads   1,938 Views  Citations
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ABSTRACT

Suicide is a universal human phenomenon and seems to be a multipurpose behaviour which occurs in a number of different situations that not necessarily have to do with mental distress/disorder. It might as well be a kind of defence of a threatened self-image or revenge or punishment or weapon in a struggle for something more important than the own life. Is there a suicidal virus or meme nested in the human mind? Maybe it is the mere idea of suicide as an alternative way of dealing with a number of human dilemmas that should be the focus of our suicide preventive efforts? Suicide ideas are common in most populations, but ideas are just ideas. It is when the ideas—the suicidal thoughts—are converted to actions that they become dangerous. The focus for our suicide preventive work should be to counteract a destructive use of suicidal ideation. So, the crucial question is thus: how do we do that?

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Jacobsson, L. (2018) On the Nature of Suicide—Suicide as a Multipurpose Behaviour Nested in the Human Mind—An Alternative View!. Open Journal of Psychiatry, 8, 137-141. doi: 10.4236/ojpsych.2018.82013.

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