The answer could be key to addressing a persistent public health problem: Suicide kills about 800,000 people every year, according to the World Health Organization. One theme Joiner emphasizes is that individuals who die by suicide are fearless. “People don’t think about this aspect of suicide … but tend to think of it in an abstract way,” he said. The evolutionary psychologists have posited that this latter problem poses a suicide risk because of our nature as highly social animals. In a 2016 paper published in the journal Psychological Review, he and colleagues looked at self-sacrifice among the world’s most intensely social animals.
Source: Taipei Times May 15, 2019 15:56 UTC