Year: 1971 Source: Life-Threatening Behavior, v.1, no.2, (1971), p.125-137 SIEC No: 19830234

A basic distinction is made among the wish to die, the act of self-injury & the terminal outcome. A self injury theory of suicidal phenomena is developed, based on the hypothsis that the individual is seeking a change in his awareness of an unacceptable deprivation. Within this framework, suicidal deaths are conceptualized as terminal outcomes in people whose awareness-changing behavior includes various degrees of self-injurious acts, both with & without awareness of self-destructive potential.