In Korea, Changes in Society and Family Dynamics Drive Rise in Elderly Suicides –

A report on the "explosive growth of suicides in South Korea", especially among older women. The NYT is careful, quite correctly, not to confuse correlation with causation…

"The epidemic is the counterpoint to the nation’s runaway economic success, which has worn away at the Confucian social contract that formed the bedrock of Korean culture for centuries."

… but the link to massive and rapid cultural changes in recent times seems pretty strong. One phrase that jumped out at me was…

“The family was always an extended self"…

… i.e. suicide is best understood as a crisis of the self… and how we need to be mindful of cultural variations/diversity in how we each develop our sense of self… and ditto when our sense of self falls apart…


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