Year: 1996 Source: Crisis, v.17, no.2, (1996), p.50 SIEC No: 19960253

This editorial discusses how theory for suicidal behavior draws from many different disciplines – no single theory exists which stems exclusively from biology, sociology, psychology or philosophy. An important conclusion is that no typical “suicide-prone” personality exists. Cognitive aspects of suicide have been overemphasized – impulsivity should also be considered. Clinical typology (i.e. considering personality disorders, etc.) seems helpful for understanding suicidal behavior.