Suicidal Behaviour, the Contribution of Psychoanalytical Thought
This article discusses suicide from a Freudian point of view. Suicidal acts are an effort to solve psychic conflicts, conscious or unconscious. Fantasies may suggest a conflict at an early developmental level, while guilt may signify an Oedipal conflict. There are also adaptive & communicative aspects to suicidal behavior. Factors that affect a suicidal patient’s compliance in a treatment situation are explained, such as self-esteem, loss, aggressiveness, transference & countertransference.