Wrath (twilit_wrath) wrote in little_details,

Suicide and Mental Issues

I don't even know where to begin looking for information. The rough draft begins with a man standing at the edge of a balcony, ready to jump. From there, it details his wife's saintly perfection, their life with a bunch of perfect foster kids, and a snippet or two of his evil mother-in-law. It's implied that his wife died, and he decides to commit suicide because he can't live without her. Then he remembers how she asked him to live for her and has a hallucination where she comes back to chastise him for breaking his promise. He decides to get off the balcony, but slips and falls anyway.

Now, I wrote this totally on a whim, but I kind of like it and want to flesh it out some. A friend of mine said he seems very shallow and fixated on his wife, that the characters from his point of view are caricatures of real people that you might see on a black and white sitcom. I got the idea that maybe Mary wasn't even really dead; that something else happened that broke his fantasy world dellusion, and that's why he tried to jump.

So here's my question. What kind of mental problem (or problems) would cause someone to idealize another person to that extreme? Because I have never heard of anything like it.

ETA: Thanks for the opinions, everyone. I feel a little better about not having done this research in the first place now.
Tags: ~psychology & psychiatry (misc)

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