Year: 1993 Source: Omega, v.26, no.2, (1992-93), p.81-89 SIEC No: 19930282

Near-death experiences (NDEs) reportedly decrease fear of death & foster a “romanticized” view of death, yet also promote antisucidal attitudes. This article presents an empirical study of this paradox involving 193 subjects. NDErs endorsed significantly more antisuicidal statements than nonNDErs; greatest difference between groups related to transpersonal/transcendental beliefs. Data support view that NDEs foster antisuicidal attitudes by promoting a sense of purpose in life. (38 Refs.)