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“Can thinking about death kill me?” – Thought-Action Fusion in suicidality

Imagine the following scenario: You’re waiting for your train at the station and there’s an announcement telling you to stand back for a train passing through. You see that train approaching at high speed and start wondering: “What if I walked three steps to the front and jumped?”

A very scary thought indeed and I’m sure some people reading this article will have had that thought, or a variety of it, at some point of time- I know I have. Now, still picturing this situation, ask yourself the following: Does having this thought (you might even call it a suicidal thought) put you in actual danger of committing suicide? Personally, I feel quite secure about myself not taking those three steps to the front and onto the railway tracks but this will be different for different individuals. In this blog, I will describe thoughts like these in more depth based on a new study we published on a construct called Thought-Action Fusion (or short: TAF) and its association with depression and suicidality.

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