HAD HE VENTED OUT, SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT COULD HAVE BEEN ALIVE
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One of the rising stars of Bollywood who took his life June 14, could have been saved if he had someone to talk to. Despite the fact that he was sending hints on micro-blogging site twitter no one listened to him. And he hanged himself waiting to be heard.
Before taking his life, Sushant tweeted, “I’m ending all this for good. Going far yet so close to you people. Maybe after this people try to communicate with others rather than holding onto thoughts. See ya on the other side. GoodBye.”
In another message he wrote on twitter before the last one, he said: “I have fought back hard with life. I will be deleting these tweets in a while so just some of you know that I’m done with this mediocre success. I don’t want fame anymore, it’s all peaceful yet…”
Viktor Frankl, one of the great psychiatrists of the twentieth century, survived the death camps of Nazi Germany. Once he told the story of a woman who called him in the middle of the night and in a very composed fashion informed him that she was about to commit suicide.
Frankl kept her on the phone and talked her through her depression, giving her reason after reason to carry on living. Finally, she promised she would not take her life, and she kept her word.
When they later met, Frankl asked which reason had persuaded her to live? “None of them”, she told him. What then influenced her to go on living, he pressed?
Her answer was simple, “it was Frankl’s willingness to listen to her in the middle of the night”. A world in which there was someone ready to listen to another’s pain seemed to her a world in which it was worthwhile to live.
Frankl’s little book, Man’s Search for Meaning, is one of those life-changing books that everyone should read. Sometimes the small act of listening is the greatest gift we can give and often, it is not the brilliant argument that makes the difference.
KNOW WHO’S VIKTOR FRANKL
Frankl Viktor who lived between 26 March 1905 to 2 September 1997, was a neurologist, a psychiatrist, and a holocaust survivor. He was the founder of logotherapy – meaning healing through meaning. He authored 39 books he best selling is ‘Man’s search for meaning’ is a 1946 book, based on his experiences in various Nazi concentration camps during World War II. In the book, he talked about the therapeutic method which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about then imagining that outcome in an immersive manner.