Year: 1969 Source: Israel Annals of Psychiatry and Related Disciplines, v.7, no.2, (1969), p.138-144 SIEC No: 19841830

This article provides an instinct-based explanation for suicide. The author proposes that there is a social instinct which, when it is activated, decreases the drive for self-preservation. When the danger to family or community arises from the individual’s own hostility, the hypothetical social instinct would then encourage suicide. According to this theory, the individual’s self-sacrifice (suicide) protects the group. (SC)