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The nature of the forces which motivate a person to take his or her own life usually remain hidden from those who are left behind for if the suicide has been completed no further psychological inquiries can be made and if incomplete only tentative hypotheses are possible due to the fact that there really was not a suicide However there does seem to be a common mental condition which underlies not only suicide whether completed abandoned or thwarted but also the loneliness and depression which often lead up to this act Such a mental condition goes by many names but I will call it separateness or more accurately a separative consciousness Let us not deceive ourselves by merely pointing to this condition in others for we all share it to some extent Their agony is our agony even though it may now manifest less intensely in us And to be completely honest let us even allow that we are they A surprisingly large group of our population has either contemplated or actually attempted suicide at some time or other For many of those seemingly happy people we meet on the street or in our jobs the thought of suicide has been a more or less silent alternative in the midst of lifes reversals It is not an impulse that people commonly publicize regarding themselves hence one naturally imagines that few others experience it Sympathetic friends typically regard a suicidal person as being an unfortunate victim--of blind chance of other peoples thoughtlessness of an unfair social system--or some combination thereof While this impression of a suicidal
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