Suicidal ideation is common medical term for the mere thoughts about and of plans of committing suicide, not the actual following through or act itself. Most people with suicidal ideation do not commit suicide. The range of suicidal ideation varies greatly from fleeting to detailed planning, role playing and half-hearted attempts. Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of willfully ending ones own life. ... In role-playing, participants adopt characters, or parts, that have personalities, motivations, and backgrounds different from their own. ...
Suicidalideation may result from the experience of emotional pain outweighing the individual's coping strategies and resources for dealing with that pain.
Strictly, suicide is defined thusly: the death of the person who commits suicide must be the central component and only intention of the act, rather than a secondary consequence of an act which is centrally motivated by religion, politics, etc.
Suicidal attacks by pilots were common in the 20th century: the attack by U.S. torpedo planes at the Battle of Midway was very similar to a kamikaze attack.
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