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Rational suicide: an impoverished self-transformation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7202270     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The normal human condition is such that even with the best that life can offer suicide is understandable. Life is short, often painful, unpredictable, and lonely. In addition the lives of some individuals are in effect "suicidal careers" in that the harshness of normal life is combined for them with extra suicidal catalysts. Suicide makes sense. Minimally suicide resolves the life problem for the suicide. At the same time suicide is an impoverished self-transformation. Life, as trying and despairing as it can be, is still all we have, The suicide resolves the life problem by obliterating life itself, rather than by transforming self, history, and society. The suicide gives his or her life back inappropriately. In this sense no suicide is ever rational.
R Maris
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Suicide & life-threatening behavior     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0363-0234     ISO Abbreviation:  Suicide Life Threat Behav     Publication Date:  1982  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-10-29     Completed Date:  1982-10-29     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7608054     Medline TA:  Suicide Life Threat Behav     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  4-16     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Aggression / psychology
Escape Reaction
Suicide / psychology*

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