A Psychology of Hope: A Biblical Response to Tragedy and Suicide / Edition 2

A Psychology of Hope: A Biblical Response to Tragedy and Suicide / Edition 2

by Kalman J. Kaplan, Matthew B. Schwartz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802832717

ISBN-13: 9780802832719

Pub. Date: 09/28/2008

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

This book offers a new approach by combining the disciplines of history, psychology, and religion to explain the suicidal element in both Western culture and the individual, and how to treat it. Ancient Greek society displays in its literature and the lives of its people an obsessive interest in suicide and death. Kaplan and Schwartz explore the psychodynamic roots of

Overview

This book offers a new approach by combining the disciplines of history, psychology, and religion to explain the suicidal element in both Western culture and the individual, and how to treat it. Ancient Greek society displays in its literature and the lives of its people an obsessive interest in suicide and death. Kaplan and Schwartz explore the psychodynamic roots of this problem--in particular, the tragic confusion of the Greek heroic impulse and its commitment to unsatisfactory choices that are destructively rigid and harsh. The ancient Hebraic writings speak little of suicide and approach reality and freedom in vastly different terms. Historical in scope, the book explores new developments in the field of suicidology, especially with regard to family treatment of the suicidal individual.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802832719
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
261
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

The Problem of Suicide
To Be or Not to Be
Suicide in Graeco-Roman Thought
Suicide in Jewish and Christian Thought
Individual Case Studies
Cycle versus Development: Narcissus or Jonah
Suicide in Greek Tragedy
Suicide and Suicide Prevention in the Hebrew Bible
Family Influences
Couples: Polarization versus Growth
The Suicide-Promoting Structure of the Greek Family: Oedipus and Electra
The Suicide-Preventing Structure of the Hebrew Family: Isaac and Ruth
The Prevention of Suicide
From Tragedy to Therapy: A Psychology of Hope

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