scarletmanuka wrote:I have to go with benjhuey with this one. It takes more than just knowing a female who's died for this one to be effective.
Granted...but it can also take less. Anyone who's not in your direct line of sight might
have spiraled downhill since you last saw them. Add a little free-floating guilt, because you know
you could have done better by them...
I don't know about that. It may be a personal thing, but it seems to me that for this to be effective it'd have to recall a specific person to mind, which would mean that it would have to be someone whom you knew was dead, or at least severely ill or injured or depressed. And I think the free-floating guilt would only apply to cases of depression or suicide. Otherwise, I would think you'd need a more specific connection.
sanitycheck wrote:If there's no one in your life to whom this applies, then either you're several decades younger than me...or I truly envy and admire you.
I don't think that's a justifiable response. Speaking personally, I have a number of female acquaintances but none outside my immediate family (none of whom are currently severely depressed...
) on whom I'd ever think I have any significant influence. I don't think that's particularly admirable (or particularly bad, either).