Year: 1990 Source: Psychological Review, v.97, no.1, (January 1990), p.90-113 SIEC No: 19911179

Suicide is analyzed in terms of motivations to escape from aversive self-awareness. The causal chain begins with events that fall severely short of standards & expectations. These failures are attributed internally, which makes self-awareness painful. This awareness generates negative affect, & the individual therefore desires to escape from self-awareness. The person tries to achieve a state of cognitive deconstruction which makes drastic measures, such as suicide, seem acceptable. (220 refs.)