Year: 1963 Source: Symposium of the American Psychological Association, (1963: Philadelphia), 13p. SIEC No: 19830175

The role of value systems during the suicidal threat is discussed. Therapists should be aware of their own value systems while presenting to the patient a single absolute value-premise that is life-syntonic. This involves the therapist’s unequivocal affirmation that the patient’s life has value & that the myopic world-view of the patient is alterable: suicide destroys the “seedbed of possiblity”. A naturalistic ethical theory is proposed rather than a theological or humanitarian theory. (CC)