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dc.contributor.authorBriggs, S
dc.contributor.authorLindner, R
dc.contributor.authorGoldblatt, M
dc.contributor.authorKapusta, N
dc.contributor.authorTeising, M
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-18T10:57:02Z
dc.date.issued2022-01-16
dc.date.updated2021-11-18T10:19:37Z
dc.description.abstractThe legalisation of assisted dying, including euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, is increasing in countries across the world and constitutes a key contemporary debate, reflecting social changes, in which two views of suicide conflict; that (1) rational reasons justify assisted suicide, providing dignity and control of terminal illness and (2) suicidal wishes are driven by unconscious and disturbing internal conflicts. In this paper we explore the unconscious motives and meanings of requests for assisted suicide. Although there is a paucity of psychoanalytic literature on the subject, and an absence of practice examples, we make two links, firstly, with the literature of palliative and end of life care, and, secondly, with psychoanalytic understanding of suicide, in order to develop the view that unconscious factors are crucial to understanding requests for assisted suicide. We provide an illustrative case example of psychodynamic psychotherapy with a 94-year-old woman, drawing out theoretical and practice implications. We show that unconscious factors and motives lie behind apparently rational requests for assisted suicide, and attention to these through psychoanalytically informed treatment can bring about therapeutic change.en_GB
dc.identifier.citationVol. 103 (1), pp. 71 - 88en_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/00207578.2021.1999773
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10871/127863
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherRoutledge / Institute of Psychoanalysisen_GB
dc.rights© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.en_GB
dc.subjectassisted suicideen_GB
dc.subjecteuthanasiaen_GB
dc.subjectterminal illnessen_GB
dc.subjectpalliative careen_GB
dc.subjectdepressionen_GB
dc.subjectsuicideen_GB
dc.subjectcountertransferenceen_GB
dc.titlePsychoanalytic understanding of the request for assisted suicideen_GB
dc.typeArticleen_GB
dc.date.available2021-11-18T10:57:02Z
dc.identifier.issn1745-8315
dc.descriptionThis is the final version. Available on open access from Wiley via the DOI in this recorden_GB
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Psychoanalysisen_GB
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en_GB
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-10-26
rioxxterms.versionVoRen_GB
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2021-10-26
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_GB
refterms.dateFCD2021-11-18T10:19:41Z
refterms.versionFCDAM
refterms.dateFOA2022-02-28T13:44:36Z
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