Year: 1995 Source: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, v.49, suppl.1, (1995), p.S61-S68 SIEC No: 19950204

This article presents a clinical theory of suicide & discusses the essential concepts of lethality & perturbation. Intrapsychic aspects (unbearable psychological pain, cognitive constriction, indirect expressions, inability to adjust, & ego), & interpersonal aspects (interpersonal relations, rejection-aggression, & identification-egression) are outlined to aid in assessment. Transference & countertransference issues in assessment are noted. A case example is discussed. (52 Refs.)