The Suicidal Mind

The Suicidal Mind

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Why do people take their own lives? Is there anything others can do to stop them? How can we tell when a person is suicidal? In this book, Edwin Schneidman looks carefully at the psychological processes that lead to suicide and discusses suicide as a product of psychological pain and thwarted psychological needs. With suicide (and especially youth suicide) seemingly increasing throughout the Western world today, this book represents a forthright attempt to revitalize the topic anddemonstrate that everyone can detect and stop potential suicides from occuring.show more

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  • Hardback | 202 pages
  • 147.8 x 218.7 x 21.3mm | 432.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 4 halftones, 1 line figure, index
  • 0195103661
  • 9780195103663

Table of contents

Part I: The Dark Side of Life; Ch. 1. Mental Pain and Frustrated Needs; Ch. 2. The Need to Be Loved: The Case of Ariel Wilson; Part II: The Psychology of Suicide; Ch. 3. Clues and Constrictions: Indirect Suicide; Ch. 4. The Need to Strike First. The Case of Beatrice Bessen; Part III: Aspects of Suicide; Ch. 5. Death-Promoting Suicidal Logics; Ch. 6. Suicidal Life Histories; Ch. 7. The Need to Belong: The Case of Castro Reyes; Part IV: How to Stay Alive; Ch. 8. Commonalities of Suicide: Implications for Rescue; Ch. 9. Templates for Life: Matching Therapy to Needs; Ch. 10. The Role of the Self and Others in Life and Death; Notes; Recommended Readings; Appendix; Indexshow more

About Edwin Shneidman

About the Author: Edwin S. Shneidman, Ph.D., is Professor of Thanatology Emeritus at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine. He is the founder of the American Association of Suicidology, and the author of Voices of Death, Definition of Suicide, and Deaths of Man, which was nominated for a National Book Award.show more

Review quote

"In a superbly written book, Ed Shneidman develops his theory that persons commit suicide if death is more attractive than life. He gives moving examples of how he could convince some, not others, that they are making the wrong choice."--Frederick Redlich, M.D., former Dean of Yale Medical School"The clear lessons and gripping life stories in this book will let every type of reader, layperson, or professional know instantly what has taken a lifetime of study and clinical experience to know. Shneidman has searched, found, and now shows us his astonishing discovered truths."--Caroline C. Murray, Ed.D., Lecturer, Harvard Medical School, Emerita"The Suicidal Mind is an important book written by a master teacher, clinician, and researcher of human behavior of which suicide is a part. It is a book that requires the serious attention of all thoughtful persons for the many profound insights it provides into human nature in general and suicidal behavior in particular."--Shirley L. Zimmerman, Ph.D., University of Minnesota"The dean of suicidologists and preeminent among them, Professor Shneidman has studied the suicidal mind for more than 40 years and has plenty to tell us about it. He leads the reader through these pages like a friendly guide, using the experiences of Ariel Wilson, Beatrice Bessen, and the unforgettable Castro Reyes to explain to us suicide's commonalities. Free of jargon, vividly written, this is a book for those who comprehend little about suicide, and for those who grasp much. Every reader, naive or sophisticated about this subject, will arise from reading The Suicidal Mind understanding much more."--John T. Maltsberger, M.D., Harvard Medical School "In a superbly written book, Ed Shneidman develops his theory that persons commit suicide if death is more attractive than life. He gives moving examples of how he could convince some, not others, that they are making the wrong choice."--Frederick Redlich, M.D., former Dean of Yale Medical School "The clear lessons and gripping life stories in this book will let every type of reader, layperson, or professional know instantly what has taken a lifetime of study and clinical experience to know. Shneidman has searched, found, and now shows us his astonishing discovered truths."--Caroline C. Murray, Ed.D., Lecturer, Harvard Medical School, Emerita "The Suicidal Mind is an important book written by a master teacher, clinician, and researcher of human behavior of which suicide is a part. It is a book that requires the serious attention of all thoughtful persons for the many profound insights it provides into human nature in general and suicidal behavior in particular."--Shirley L. Zimmerman, Ph.D., University of Minnesota "The dean of suicidologists and preeminent among them, Professor Shneidman has studied the suicidal mind for more than 40 years and has plenty to tell us about it. He leads the reader through these pages like a friendly guide, using the experiences of Ariel Wilson, Beatrice Bessen, and the unforgettable Castro Reyes to explain to us suicide's commonalities. Free of jargon, vividly written, this is a book for those who comprehend little about suicide, and for those who grasp much. Every reader, naive or sophisticated about this subject, will arise from reading The Suicidal Mind understanding much more."--John T. Maltsberger, M.D., Harvard Medical School "In a superbly written book, Ed Shneidman develops his theory that persons commit suicide if death is more attractive than life. He gives moving examples of how he could convince some, not others, that they are making the wrong choice."--Frederick Redlich, M.D., former Dean of Yale Medical School "The clear lessons and gripping life stories in this book will let every type of reader, layperson, or professional know instantly what has taken a lifetime of study and clinical experience to know. Shneidman has searched, found, and now shows us his astonishing discovered truths."--Caroline C. Murray, Ed.D., Lecturer, Harvard Medical School, Emerita "The Suicidal Mind is an important book written by a master teacher, clinician, and researcher of human behavior of which suicide is a part. It is a book that requires the serious attention of all thoughtful persons for the many profound insights it provides into human nature in general and suicidal behavior in particular."--Shirley L. Zimmerman, Ph.D., University of Minnesota "The dean of suicidologists and preeminent among them, Professor Shneidman has studied the suicidal mind for more than 40 years and has plenty to tell us about it. He leads the reader through these pages like a friendly guide, using the experiences of Ariel Wilson, Beatrice Bessen, and the unforgettable Castro Reyes to explain to us suicide's commonalities. Free of jargon, vividly written, this is a book for those who comprehend little about suicide, and for those who grasp much. Every reader, naive or sophisticated about this subject, will arise from reading The Suicidal Mind understanding muchmore."--John T. Maltsberger, M.D., Harvard Medical School "In a superbly written book, Ed Shneidman develops his theory that persons commit suicide if death is more attractive than life. He gives moving examples of how he could convince some, not others, that they are making the wrong choice."--Frederick Redlich, M.D., former Dean of Yale Medical School"The clear lessons and gripping life stories in this book will let every type of reader, layperson, or professional know instantly what has taken a lifetime of study and clinical experience to know. Shneidman has searched, found, and now shows us his astonishing discovered truths."--Caroline C.Murray, Ed.D., Lecturer, Harvard Medical School, Emerita"The Suicidal Mind is an important book written by a master teacher, clinician, and researcher of human behavior of which suicide is a part. It is a book that requires the serious attention of all thoughtful persons for the many profound insights it provides into human nature in general and suicidalbehavior in particular."--Shirley L. Zimmerman, Ph.D., University of Minnesota"The dean of suicidologists and preeminent among them, Professor Shneidman has studied the suicidal mind for more than 40 years and has plenty to tell us about it. He leads the reader through these pages like a friendly guide, using the experiences of Ariel Wilson, Beatrice Bessen, and theunforgettable Castro Reyes to explain to us suicide's commonalities. Free of jargon, vividly written, this is a book for those who comprehend little about suicide, and for those who grasp much. Every reader, naive or sophisticated about this subject, will arise from reading The Suicidal Mindunderstanding much more."--John T. Maltsberger, M.D., Harvard MedicalSchoolshow more

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