Our expert says:
I understand your views, G. In my professional experience, I have worked with so many people whose actual situation in life, from disease, the cruelty of others, whatever, have been horrifyingly awful, and generally, they handled it with dignity and courage and without wanting to give up ; and I have also seen so many suicides and suicide-attempts, from people whose actual situation was enormously better than tha of the first group. The difference is worth exploring,
There's a lack of faith, in themselves or in anyone or anything else --- a profound tendency to give up really easily, to feel that life has to be wall-to-wall pleasant or I'll refuse to accpt it. A lack of problem-solving skills, or the real interest in persisting in finding solutions. A sense of being entitled to what one wants, and quickly ; or that somehow harming oneself is also intended to punish other people or the world in general, for not producing on demand. Do some people get taught, somehow, that life is supposed to be better than it realistically can be ?
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