This tension between individualism and conformity to the group continues to inform American life.
We value individualism, rewarding individual achievers with wealth.
There are many social currents that could explain and predict a person’s tendencies to commit suicide related to individualism, such as the urge to fit in.
The mental pain that comes along with not fitting in with a collective group drives people to hurt.
Emerson was a transcendentalist, but he emerged from a Protestant Christianity that valued the primacy of the individual conscience, as well as the individual's personal relationship with God.