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Suicide Life Threat Behav. 1997 Winter;27(4):352-61.

The role of shame in suicide.

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Center for the Study of Suicide, Blackwood, NJ 08012, USA.

Abstract

The differences between shame and guilt are explored, with a focus on experiential and developmental factors and on behavioral reactions to these emotions. The role of shame as a motive for suicidal behavior is illustrated with examples of suicidal behavior in Greek tragedy, Asian cultures, and jails, and among contemporary suicides, such as that in 1996 by Admiral Mike Boorda, Chief of U.S. Naval Operations.

PMID:
9444730
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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