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The experience of life and completion of suicide


Pridmore, S and Naguy, A and Shahtmasebi, S, The experience of life and completion of suicide, Dynamics of Human Health, 9, (1) Article 2772. ISSN 2382-1019 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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Background: Over the last century the medical view of suicide (that it is always or almost always the result of a mental disorder) has prevailed. It has been refuted but it persists. We are of the view that a more realistic path to suicide can be characterized by three components 1) people may find life unpleasant and a cause of suffering, 2) death by natural causes allows escape from life-based suffering, and 3) suicide achieves an escape from life-based suffering at a time determined by the individual.

Aim: To seek evidence supporting the contention that life may be unalterably unpleasant, and that suicide is selected by the individual as a means of terminating that unpleasantness, at a time of the individualís choosing.

Method: History, philosophy, literature and poetry texts of the last 2500 years were examined and statements of belief by publicly recognized individuals which supported the three assertions were collected.

Results: 30 statements on life, 25 on death and 25 on suicide were selected and tabulated. There was strong agreement with each of the three assertions/facts listed above.

Conclusion: Evidence from capable publicly recognized individuals (free of mental disorder) supports that some individuals find life unpleasant and a cause of suffering and choose suicide as a means of escaping their distress.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:suicide, death, philosophy, history, literature, poetry
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Clinical psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:150829
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2022-07-01
Last Modified:2022-07-01

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