Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Uncalled For...

Last week, South Korea had another celebrity suicide. This is ridiculous. The girl who died last week is the fifth Korean actress to commit suicide. Do you know what's ironic? All of them suffered some sort of depression either due to family relations or stabbed in the heart by fans. Every single one of them at least left a warning or note and hung themselves at a home. This must stop. Why do you think we have counselors for?

1 comment:

  1. Kelly: Have you ever read "The Tipping Point?" In that book, the author Malcolm Gladwell explores the psychology of disseminating ideas and one chapter addresses the phenomenon of "suicide ideation" in some cultures. He likens some of the research he reports on as a contagion of mindless self-destruction, and, in some cases, imitation ("copy cat" suicides).

    It's messed up, but it kind of makes sense.

    If you are interested, I'd be happy to share my copy of the book with you. It was a national bestseller in the U.S. a few years ago, and basically gives lots of examples of startling trends or dramatic outcomes that may have started with small, even tiny, gestures or incidences. Fascinating reading, when you don't have to study all the time!

    ~Prof. B.