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Suicide From A Psychological, Sociological And Anthropological Perspective

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SUICIDE FROM A PSYCHOLOGICAL, SOCIOLOGICAL AND ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE
INTRODUCTION
Suicide is a sad story many people are reluctant to approach. But when somebody nearest to them kills themselves, they feel the compelling guilt of trying to understand the motive behind the death. It is a complex and rather devastating subject. Many who kill themselves can never come back to tell us what happened and why it did. Suicide takes an emotional toll on it's survivors and wreck havoc in the wake of the surrounding victims. What causes suicide is a probing series of many theories, and yet not one definitive answer. The prevention of suicide is also difficult to pinpoint, but only because the intent is unknown. The importance of researching the motives of the suicidal is essential to modern humanity as a whole, because in the era we live in, suicide rates are climbing faster than ever. Understanding the driving force behind suicide is what can help the field of social science to save the conscience mind of many people from self-destruction - and save their lives, and the emotions of their loved ones.

ARTICLE SYNOPSIS
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The Inner Voice that Drives Suicide: Understanding a person in suicidal crisis
By Lisa Firestone, Ph.D in Compassion Matters
Psychology Today
Psychologist Lisa Firestone had come to a conclusion that the main driving factor behind suicide and suicide attempts was an inner voice which disconnected the individual from the real world and from selflessness. The voice centers around the ego and weakens the conscience of the individual, leading them to believe they are unworthy of living and undeserving of human love. She believes that human beings who have suicidal attempts do not do it out of their own accord, but are forced by the "inner voice". The author believes that inner human criticism is what what drives the basic forces of suicidal behavior in human beings, convincing individuals that they deserve to die, it's the fastest way and that there was no use in seeking an alternative way out. This voice is both deceiving and persuasive, and often deals with people when they are immersed in intense depression.

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The Study of Suicide: An Overview of the famous work by Emile Durkheim
By Ashley Crossman
About.com: Sociology

A summary of the famous works of a French sociologist, Crossman collects his main points in concluding the motives of suicide. Durkheim was the first to state that it may be that social factors in society are what lead people to suicidal behavior, and not merely the individual's mental illness or ego itself. He analyzes the major factors contributing to suicide rates, which even apply to our modern society, such as the rate being higher in men than women and higher in soldiers rather than everyday civilians. This clearly indicated that the elements driving suicide are social, and based largely on the environment of the individual, as he observed its changes with time and place. He observed...

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