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The Psychology Student’s Suicide

Author: Stélio Inácio

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Copyright 2012 Stélio Inácio

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Leaning against the wall and holding the railing of the corridor, Mark looked oblivious of what he saw, or, at least, of what he was supposed to be seeing. In front of his eyes he had a small garden with some trees and parked cars near the wall that separates the university from the rest of the society.

Mark looked, but in an introspective look which showed him a scene from his childhood that he could not overcome, one among many others that made him revolt against the time that he was mocked by his classmates because of his poor dressing in the classroom, of his ugliness, of his temperament, and finally, of all that he was. What is certain is that even if he changed class or school as often happened, there was always by his colleagues the same trend for the mockery and the distance from him. Well, that left deep marks in his personality.

Looking at him, standing there, wearing a blue shirt, black pants a bit tight and shiny black shoes, we could see in his face the traces of a reserved person, marked by a strong shyness. He was 22 years old, with an average height, a beardless face, with his nose flattened, slightly bulging eyes and a firm mouth.

Mark lived downtown, alone, in a small rented apartment. When not in college or in the library, we’d find him at home reading or rereading the many books on his shelves, often sleeping in his study table. These nights of little and often interrupted sleep by the alarm clock, made him often arrive late at college and be inattentive to the lessons. But what amazed his teachers and colleagues is that even when he was apparently distracted, he was able to repeat and even make right additions to what the teacher said.

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