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Michail Reshetnikov 1
  • 1 East European Psychoanalytic Institute (University), 18à, The Big avenue, the Petrograd Party, St.-Petersburg, 197198

Nobody Kills Himself if He Doesn't Want to Kill the Other

2020. Vol. 17. No. 1. P. 43–59 [issue contents]

In this paper, traditional and novel forms of suicidal behavior are analyzed from the perspective of the death drive. Special attention is paid to such phenomena as "death groups" and "suicide terrorism". Previously, suicide was described as a singular act voluntarily and independently committed by an individual, but in the recent decades, hundreds of episodes have occurred, in which suicidal individuals killed dozens or even hundreds of innocent people together with themselves. Results of psychoanalytic studies of suicidal behavior are analyzed, in particular, "Studies of hysteria" (the case of Anna O.), "The Wolf Man", "The Rat Man", "The case of Dora", "Psychoanalytic notes on a case of paranoia", "On the psychogenesis of a case of female homosexuality", "Mourning and melancholy". Such contemporary societal problems as loss of meaning and perverted ideological attitudes are discussed as an influential cause of the increase in aggressive and suicidal behavior.

Citation: Reshetnikov M. (2020) Sebya ne ubivaet tot, kto ne khochet ubit' drugogo [Nobody Kills Himself if He Doesn't Want to Kill the Other]. Psychology. Journal of Higher School of Economics, vol. 17, no 1, pp. 43-59 (in Russian)
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