Swedish Psychologist Worried About Chain Reaction With Dessection Frontmans Suicide
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DISSECTION frontman Jon Nödtveidt's suicide could have a profound effect on his fans, says psychologist Lisa Ineland in an interview in the Swedish newspaper Expressen.
"Research shows that these incidents have a copycat effect even if it's not a famous person who commits suicide," she says. "But obviously the impact is greater if the act is committed by a role model. That was apparent when Kurt Cobain killed himself."
The black metal culture often revolves around death and suicide and as a faithful Satanist Jon Nödtveidt often spoke in positive terms about suicide. According to Lisa Ineland, his suicide doesn't have to be related to Satanism or black metal.
"I believe there's a severe, underlying depression behind it. It's not rational behavior to do something like this. Very few people take their own lives because of their conviction. That type of act is not part of our culture. This is about him not getting the help he needed."
Concerned parents should make it a point to talk to their children.
"You could ask them, 'How do you [view Jon's suicide]?' and ask if they're discussing it with their friends," says Ineland. "You should try to be a part of your child's reality. You should always try to be a present role model and talk to your children about important and existential issues, what life is all about and how important children are."
The Swedish writer Mattias Pettersson is working on a book about the influence of Satanism in black metal and was preparing an interview with Jon Nödtveidt.
"I wanted to talk to him because he was unique in the genre," says Pettersson. "He was for real and really lived that way he taught. I think most people in black metal are just regular hard rockers to whom religion is not that important. It's easy to write a cliché lyric about murder and death, but if you read Jon's lyrics you notice that he became more and more serious."
Pettersson thinks it's tragic that Jon took his own life.
"He was a huge talent. For an outsider it might be difficult to come to terms with what has happened, but to me personally it was expected."
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