The Paradox of High Rates of Suicide in Happy Places

Happiest Places Have Highest Suicide Rates,

New Research Finds

ScienceDaily (Apr. 21, 2011) — The happiest countries and happiest U.S. states tend to have the highest suicide rates, according to research from the UK’s University of Warwick, Hamilton College in New York and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Read more at ScienceDaily…

How do these findings square with Durkheim’s theory?

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One response to “The Paradox of High Rates of Suicide in Happy Places

  1. As a psychology major reading this article, I found it really interesting. When you first think about who is likely to commit suicide, you might assume that people living in “unhappy” places would have the highest suicide rate. If you really think about it though, it does make sense that “happy” places would have a higher rate of suicide because the happiness of some could definitely exaggerate the unhappiness felt in others. I think the results from this study reflect the results Durkheim found when he studied suicide. For example, one of his findings was that suicide rates were higher in times of peace than in times of war. You might assume the opposite to be true. I think the results from the study in this article really tell us a lot about how strongly people impact eachothers lives without even knowing it.

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