Tag: suicide

Could Suicidal Behaviors Be the Result of Evolution?

Some psychologists believe suicide and depression can be strategic. One in six Americans will suffer a major depressive disorder at some point in life.1 That word—disorder—characterizes how most of us see depression. It’s a breakdown, a flaw in the system, something to be remedied and moved past. Some psychologists, however, have argued that depression is ...

The Myth of Sisyphus

The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus A philosophical classic. If you were condemned to roll a boulder up a hill every day could you find meaning in that? If you could not find meaning what would you do? Without meaning in your life, would you commit suicide? Camus gets inside the head of Sisyphus ...

Out of the Darkness

When I was in 9th grade a friend named David shot himself over a break up with a middle school girlfriend. 10 years ago Preston, a friend and a great athlete, died from a drug overdose. 5 years ago my buddy and long-time neighbor Seth took his own life after the Katrina hurricane destroyed his ...

Celebrity Suicide

There is an interesting (and shocking) article over at Mental Floss. The author writes, “I was surprised and saddened last week to read of the reported suicide attempt by actor Owen Wilson. Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums are staff favorites here, and we’re definitely hoping and wishing for Wilson’s full recovery. But as I started ...

Babel: Listen and Try to Understand

Two solid conclusions that come out of modern mathematics and physics is that all matter is connected and that once two particles come into contact with one another, they are forever connected. Another conclusion, from chaos theory, is that events that seem completely unrelated and inconsequential can be connected in a profound way. The most ...

More Die From Suicide

From PsycPORT, “More people kill themselves each year, than the numbers who die from wars and murders combined, but most of these suicides can be prevented, Swiss Radio International reported on Sunday, the day marking the third World Suicide Prevention Day. About 20 million to 60 million people try to kill themselves each year, but ...

Jung’s Statements About Suicide

Jung mentions suicide in his letters, often in response to specific questions regarding suicide from correspondents. It is here that we find Jung had quite specific notions of suicide and viewed the act as wasteful. Yet, the connection between his own clients and suicide goes unmentioned. Jung’s strongest statement is made to a “Mrs. N.”, ...

Reflections on 2005

2005 has been a year defined by transition. I lived in California, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Georgia, and Virginia this year and consulted for 4 different companies – finally taking a full time job in Washington, D.C. I’m as settled as psyche will let me be. The last part of this year has been defined by the ...

Follow the White Rabbit?

So, what really happens if you decide to follow the white rabbit? The struggle for normalcy, consistency, and predictability unravel the deeper into the rabbit hole you fall. What used to be straight lines and nice sharp angles blur into curves and ever stretching parabolas. The good and bad news is … there is no ...

The Powerful Play

What would it be like to not exist? A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with a friend. She was making fun of me and I was making fun of her. We laughed and talked about music and movies. Today she is in a Ziploc bag on the bookshelf. But, where is she ...

Stealing Home

Sometimes a movie becomes special and meaningful to us because we can identify with it and somehow find ourselves in it. The movie Stealing Home is one of those for me. The acting is not always good but the underlying coming of age story is so simple and human that it just pulls you in: ...