Suicide and the Creative Arts

This edited book includes 22 chapters on suicide & the creative arts. Part 1 examines suicide in painting & the traditional visual arts. Part 2 is on the depiction of suicide in the movies. Suicide in literature is discussed in Part 3. Part 4 looks at understanding suicide through the arts & Part 5 is[…]

The Psychodynamics of Suicide in Sophocles’s Plays (IN: Suicide and the Creative Arts, edited by S Stack & D Lester)

This chapter presents an analysis of self-destructive behaviour as depicted by the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles in two of his dramas, “Oedipus Rex” and “Antigone”. It is concluded the self-destructive behaviour depicted illustrates some of the psychodynamic processes often present in the minds of suicidal individuals but that the plays do not present new ideas[…]

The Never Ending Challenge of Treatments for Suicidal People

In this editorial, the author discusses the ongoing challenges associated with finding treatments for suicidal people. He also previews other articles appearing in this journal issue. (8 refs.)

The “Pseudocommando” Mass Murderer: Part I, the Psychology of Revenge and Obliteration

The pseudocommando is a type of mass murderer who kills in public during the daytime, plans his offense well in advance, & comes prepared with an arsenal of weapons. He has no escape planned & expects to be killed during the incident. Research suggests the pseudocommando is driven by strong feelings of anger & resentment.[…]

Learning About Suicide From the Diary of Cesare Pavese

This study analyzed the last year of the published diary of the Italian writer, Cesare Pavese (1908-1950) to identify changes in the content. The diary was analyzed using the Linguistic Word Count program. The proportion of words related to positive emotions & optimism increased & the entries became less complex & more self-oriented. The results[…]

A Psychoanalytical Approach to Suicide in Adolescents(IN: Relating to Self-Harm and Suicide. Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Practice, Theory and Prevention, ed. by S Briggs, A Lemma and W Crouch)


A Psychodynamic Approach to Suicide (IN: Suicide: Strategies and Interventions for Reduction and Prevention, ed. by S Palmer)


A Post-Jungian Perspective on 55 Indigenous Suicides in Central Australia; Deadly Cycles of Diminished Resilience, Impaired Nurturance, Compromised Interiority; and Possibilities for Repair


Suicide: Some Transcultural Psychiatric Aspects

This article examines the manner in which social structural & cultural variables will tend to cause one or another unconscious factor to be dominant or to determine differences in rates & form of suicide between groups or within groups. Specifically, it is suggested that it is the complex interrelationship between child-rearing patterns, adult role expectations,[…]

Exploring Suicide Risk and the Therapeutic Relationship: a Case Study Approach

This paper uses a case study approach to explores issues for mental health nurses in relating with suicidal patients. The phenomenon of malignant alienation is described. Case study methodology is used to answer whether such this can occur with regard to mental health nurses, to explore the process & malignant alienation in detail, & to[…]