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ERIC Number: EJ892244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0234
Exploring the Phenomenology of Suicide
Pompili, Maurizio
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v40 n3 p234-244 Jun 2010
Phenomenology studies conscious experience as experienced from the subjective or first-person point of view. This paper was developed with the aim of shedding light on the phenomenology of suicide; that is, to focus on suicide as a phenomenon affecting a unique individual with unique motives for the suicidal act. To explore this topic, the author looks back at the past centuries to understand why suicide was thought to be confined to psychiatric illness and to document the bias in studies supporting this notion. One major step forward in the conceptualization of suicide as a psychological disorder was provided by Edwin Shneidman, who focused on the pain of negative emotions. Such a radical approach is laudable in an era where diagnostic criteria and the need to cure are more important than understanding what is not working at the emotional level.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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