Adaptation to the Suicidal Niche
Primarily a precis of the book The Evolution of Suicide (Soper 2018), this article argues that behaviorally modern humans are specifically adapted to survive in what the author calls the “suicidal...
Humans are able to conceive their own, self-induced nonexistence as a flight from pain. Evolution may have created safety valves against the resulting threat of suicide.
"The precision of human adaptation to the suicidal niche makes it unlikely that deliberate self-killings can, even in principle, be predicted with useful accuracy at the individual level."