Near-death experiences and personal values

Am J Psychiatry. 1983 May;140(5):618-20. doi: 10.1176/ajp.140.5.618.


Near-death experiences reportedly foster value transformations and decrease suicidal ideation. Eighty-nine survivors of near-death experiences judged values related to material and social success as less important than did 175 control subjects. Decathexis of personal failures may account for the reported suicide-inhibiting effect.

MeSH terms

  • Altruism
  • Attitude*
  • Death*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Religion and Psychology
  • Self Concept
  • Social Values*
  • Suicide / psychology
  • Suicide Prevention