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January 1961

Interpersonal Relations in Suicidal Attempts: Some Psychodynamic Considerations and Implications for Treatment

Author Affiliations

Suicide Prevention Center and Department of Psychiatry, College of Medical Evangelists, Los Angeles, Calif.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;4(1):16-21. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710070018003

It is the purpose of this paper to delineate a personality profile of one type of individual who is often found in coexistence with patients who make suicidal attempts. After drawing this profile, I will attempt to demonstrate how such people interact with suicidal patients. Material will be presented from the history of a number of suicidal attempts, which seems to me to give evidence of the above stated profile, and conclusions will be drawn from this material which may have general relevance for the treatment of patients who make suicidal attempts.

In this communication, I will attempt to focus on those one or more individuals in the immediate environment of the suicide attemptor with whom he is deeply, emotionally involved. Most often relatives, they may also be close friends, physicians, business associates, or others who, for some reason, have become especially meaningful to the

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