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"Suicidal People are Made, Not Born!"

International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience, Vol. 17, No.3, pp. 661-663, ISSN 1522-4821

“Suicidal People are Made, Not Born!” Norman Farberow, February 12, 1918 – September 10, 2015
Matthew D. Dovel

Scientist – Human Behavioral Modification, President of International Suicide Prevention, Las Vegas, NV, USA

• Death of Norman Farberow
• Decision making process
• Interrupting the suicidal impulse
• Sigmund Freud’s ‘beyond the pleasure principle’
• Trauma identification
• The stigma dilemma
• Research results
• Self-help for suicidal ideation

Norman Farberow a great psychologist known for being at the
forefront of suicide prevention passed away on September 10, 2015,
on World Suicide Prevention Day, at the age of 97.
He is quoted as saying, “Suicidal people are made, not born.
We can therefore unmake them as we learn more about the roots of
self-destructive behavior. Suicide is less a decision than a reaction.
I believed that if they could learn what is being reacted to, then we