Psychological Issues of Firearms Suicide Attempts

Facial Explosion as a Paradoxical Rebirth
By Caroline Demeule

Firearm suicide attempts attack the face as a symbolic support for identity. Facial explosion can be considered as a monstrification, but it is above all a showing, a monstration, which is exhibited to the other’s gaze. Based on a clinical analysis, the assumption of a partial melancholic identification to the dead face explains both symbolic inscription of the face’s fragility and the paradoxical rebirth that the facial fracas involves: by destroying the face, the object of a failing gaze in early childhood, the patient can break free from this identification and get a feeling of existing.


  • face
  • firearm suicide attempt
  • partial identification with the dead face
  • defiguration
  • gaze
  • sense of existence
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