Psychological aspects of suicide and possibilities of its interpretation



The term “suicidal behavior” is a relatively new one. It was coined in 1947 to define suicide as an act of performance, an act of behavior, as one of the fully developed form with its special motivation (like any other behavioral act). The suicidal behavior is treated as any kind of internal and external form of psychic act, directed by ideas of putting oneself to death. Internal suicidal behavior includes suicidal thoughts, ideas, emotions and suicidal tendencies, among which one can detect plots and intentions. External forms of suicidal behavior include suicidal attempts, suicidal threats and completed suicides. The suicide is introduced in the article as an anthropological phenomenon.

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Keywords: suicide, psychic disorder, social and existential crises, intellect, demonstration, fear, guilt, structure of individuality, aggression, violence, psychodynamics

Journal rubric: Special (Branch) Psychology

Article type: review article

For citation: Farinovich V.V. Psychological aspects of suicide and possibilities of its interpretation [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2013. Vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 122–128. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Vitaly V. Farinovich, clinical psychologist at the Moscow scientific-practical Center “Narcology”, Russia, e-mail:



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