Year: 1980 Source: International Review of Psychoanalysis, v.7, (1980), p.61-72 SIEC No: 19860640

Suicide has been commonly understood as an attack intended to destroy an inner presence. While this is usually so, suicide may often serve the purposes of revenge, punishment, flight from a persecutor, reunion with the mother of early infancy, & is often accompanied by fantasies of escape & rebirth. The inter-relationships of such fantasies with common religious and mythical ideas is discussed, as well as the fragmentation of the self representation and the psychotic merging of its parts.