Why People Die by Suicide / Edition 1

Why People Die by Suicide / Edition 1

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by Thomas Joiner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674025490

ISBN-13: 9780674025493

Pub. Date: 09/15/2007

Publisher: Harvard

In the wake of a suicide, the most troubling questions are invariably the most difficult to answer: How could we have known? What could we have done? And always, unremittingly: Why? Written by a clinical psychologist whose own life has been touched by suicide, this book offers the clearest account ever given of why some people choose to die.

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In the wake of a suicide, the most troubling questions are invariably the most difficult to answer: How could we have known? What could we have done? And always, unremittingly: Why? Written by a clinical psychologist whose own life has been touched by suicide, this book offers the clearest account ever given of why some people choose to die.

Drawing on extensive clinical and epidemiological evidence, as well as personal experience, Thomas Joiner brings a comprehensive understanding to seemingly incomprehensible behavior. Among the many people who have considered, attempted, or died by suicide, he finds three factors that mark those most at risk of death: the feeling of being a burden on loved ones; the sense of isolation; and, chillingly, the learned ability to hurt oneself. Joiner tests his theory against diverse facts taken from clinical anecdotes, history, literature, popular culture, anthropology, epidemiology, genetics, and neurobiology--facts about suicide rates among men and women; white and African-American men; anorexics, athletes, prostitutes, and physicians; members of cults, sports fans, and citizens of nations in crisis.

The result is the most coherent and persuasive explanation ever given of why and how people overcome life's strongest instinct, self-preservation. Joiner's is a work that makes sense of the bewildering array of statistics and stories surrounding suicidal behavior; at the same time, it offers insight, guidance, and essential information to clinicians, scientists, and health practitioners, and to anyone whose life has been affected by suicide.

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ISBN-13:
9780674025493
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
09/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
221,280
Product dimensions:
(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue: Losing My Dad

1. What We Know and Don't Know About Suicide

2. The Acquired Ability to Enact Lethal Self-Injury

3. The Desire for Death

4. What Do We Mean By Suicide and How Is It Distributed in People?

5. Genetics and Neurobiology of Suicidal Behavior, and the Roles of Impulsivity, Childhood Adversity, and Mental Disorders

6. Risk Assessment, Crisis Intervention, Treatment, and Prevention

7. Summary and Conclusion

Epilogue

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Why People Die by Suicide 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
BurdyBlue More than 1 year ago
This is the most informative and personal book you could ever read if you have lost a loved one to suicide. It is compassionate, illuminating, and brings peace of mind to one who has lost a loved one like this and feels lost oneself. There are some important questions posed in Dr. Joiner's book and solid answers based on sound research. It makes sense out of a very disturbing fact in our society--some people lose the perseverance to go on. Dr. Joiner's personal journey with suicide and the determination to shed light on the behavior is cathartic. Thank you, Dr. Joiner.
Lynn_C_Tolson More than 1 year ago
The author of Why People Die by Suicide has both a personal and professional passion for the topic. Thomas Joiner is a professor of psychology at Florida State University, and is the son of a man who committed suicide. He uses his scientific training to develop a theory to determine why people die by suicide. Dr. Joiner explores what reasons people may have to deliberately die, an act that goes against the universal instinct to preserve life. The most accepted view of suicide from those who study it suggests that suicide is hate or aggression turned inward. Another theory states that "psychache" (general psychological and emotional pain that reaches intolerable intensity) leads one to suicide. Even laypersons know that this is not enough of an answer to the question, Why? Elements such as genetics must be included. Joiner examines the concepts of "perceived burdensomeness" and "failed sense of belongingness." He also considers the possibility that those who die by suicide work up to the act. As a suicidologist, Joiner hopes to provide an understanding of death by suicide. This book is recommended for those who want an understanding of suicide from a clinical point of view. Although Joiner shares his personal journey as a survivor of his father's suicide, the style of the book is academic. If intellectual stimulation on the subject is what you are seeking, then the book is well worth reading.
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I am a Nursing student and a teacher of mine recommended this book. I have not yet finished it, however, it it very captivating. Joiner does a great job looking at how relevent depression is. I say to anyone who has any interest with depression on any level, this is an appropriate and interesting book to read.