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egoistic suicide the form of SUICIDE identified by DURKHEIM (1895) as being associated with ‘excessive egoism’, or individualism. As suggested by Durkheim, the incidence of egoistic suicide ‘varies with the degree of integration of society’. For example, the reason that Protestants more frequently commit suicide than Catholics, Durkheim suggests, is that the collective beliefs and practices of the latter involve a stronger integration of the individual within the religious community, and far less sanction for individualism.
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He thus defines four types of suicide, such as egoistic suicide
, altruistic suicide, anomic suicide and fatalist suicide.
due to the hypo-integration of the individual in the community or society.
The other extremes of egoistic suicide
and anomic suicide (known as altruistic suicide and fatalistic suicide, respectively) are also related to high suicide rates, but were not generally applicable to modern western societies (18).
occurs when an individual has a low level of integration into society.
resulted from too little social integration.