Year: 1960 Source: Archives of General Psychiatry, v.3, (October 1960), p.331-339 SIEC No: 19820101

Many theorists about suicide have noted aspects of aggression or identification with a lost object. Motives may include revenge, avoiding guilt, or being rescued. In a composite study of seven male patients, the author found these common elements; love for a “harlot”, paranoid jealousy, suspicions confirmed, and suicide attempts. Sexual rejection was compounded by latent homosexuality. Suicide is seen to serve as both a defence against femininity fears and a desperate assertion of masculinity.