Egoistic suicide as we may call it, it does not quite resonate that. A person’s raw ego and pride don’t have them slitting their wrists open as the name calls for. This, derived from the suicidal concept of eminent sociologist Emile Durkheim, is a category of suicide along with Anomic and Altruistic suicides. In this hard-pressed, sweat-soaked world, people hardly have time to give a soothing shoulder to their fellow humans in pain. The more a person has to quiet himself to drag his day all alone, the more he is inclined towards individualism. This individualism sprouts within a person who often keeps to himself. One day, his excessive individualism totally makes him cuts cords with the outer social world and leaves him devoid of good interpersonal relationships. Socially detached and drenched in loneliness, the person bottles up his desires as well as sorrows. At a point of saturation, he can’t take it anymore. And that’s when suicidal thoughts creep under his skin. To take one’s own life demands a lot of courage and readiness to give up on every single hope and light. His loneliness and lack of moral or positive guidance give way to all the negativities that lead him to self-kill.
The isolation that teenagers face from their peer groups, the stigma that a sex worker is subjected to, grief that overwhelms parents who lost their child and the emptiness a partner suffers after a breakup are all few of the instances when things work their way against a person’s faith in life. The point of differentiation between an egoistic suicide and anomic suicide is that the latter one is caused by external crisis or dilemma that the persons were not prepared to cope with. Whereas the former one mostly revolves around internal conflicts that painfully nudge a person who has hardly anyone for solace. The person may show symptoms of giving away their valuables, talking about the afterlife, telling their loved ones how much they mean to them or if you could manage a glimpse at their browsing history and spot searches for suicidal methods, then you have certainly got it right. If you come across someone who you think shall reach the verge of relinquishing his life anytime soon, swipe your mobile screen off, stash your files away, put on your happiness aura and sit down with them by the balcony for a warm cup of coffee. Have a hearty talk and peel that void off their soul that let them resort to contemplating suicide. This applies for not only egoistic suicides but also to its counterparts that are anomic and altruistic ones.