The Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Attempted and Completed Suicide was published by Professor Thomas Joiner in 2005. This book is a critique of this theory with emphasis on whether or not it is a new theory of suicide, omissions in the literature Dr. Joiner reviewed to formulate the theory, the theory monumental task to explain the deaths of certain victims of 9/11 as suicides rather than homicides resulting from the al-Qaida terrorists attacks, violations of fundamental assumptions in qualitative and quantitative studies supporting the main tenet of the theory, and the problem of empirically testing core assumptions in the theory.
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The authors review a large body of research literature to point out many serious deficits in what is described as the interpersonal-psychological theory of attempted and completed suicide put forward by Thomas Joiner. They had originally tried to get a paper published with their point of view but it was rejected by several journals. They then took this novel approach of writing a book instead. The book itself is an excellent review of a lot of scientific literature on suicidal behavior and at the same time pokes a lot of holes in this specific theory. Frankly I find the extension of this theory to classify the individuals who jumped to their deaths from the top of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11 as suicides to totally miss the point. These people were murdered by the terrorists who flew the planes into the towers. Likewise the theory classifies suicide bombers as suicides when they are best described as murderers or homicide bombers. If you are interested in suicidal behavior and other related behaviors this book is short, easy to read and packed with information.
There are some things that are so catastrophically large that they are impossible to fully describe. And frequently, things that massive can divide people while bringing others together. Such is the case with 9/11. The September 11th tragedy will be for most Americans the largest event of death in the nation, in their lifetimes. It absolutely shook this nation to its core. And whether you believe it was terrorists, extremists, or governments--everyone agrees that it never should have happened. Many on that day who were trapped in the towers threw themselves from its heights. These deaths were ruled by the New York Medical Examiner as homicides. But, Professor Thomas Joiner in 2005 wrote a theory, which stated that some of the homicides were actually suicides. The book, The Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Attempted and Completed Suicide: Conceptual and Empirical Issues seeks to refute that theory's claim. This book's senior author is Dr. Fred A. Paniagua, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. In addition to Dr. Paniagua, there are another 3 authors: Sandra A. Black, M. Shayne Gallaway, and Michelle A. Coombs. The book includes a preface describing the backdrop in which this book was written. Following that is an introduction, which establishes the rationale through a critique of the current status of Professor Joiner's theory. This authorial team covers six cores to establish its point. The first is a short summary of the three main psychological constructs of Joiner's theory. The second questions Professor Joiner's theory by asking whether or not it is a new theory on suicide. It uses the five theories that Professor Joiner used when writing his own theory, and focuses on the extensive omissions. Following this is a discussion specifically about the deaths, which were classified as homicides by the New York Medical Examiner, which Joiner claimed were suicides. This section is appropriately entitled, "A Theory of Everything," because if Professor Joiner's theory can explain the death of those who jumped from the World Trade Center on 9/11 as suicides, then his theory would not have problems explaining suicidal behavior in all cases in the entire world. The last two sections show the lack of credible support used in Joiner's theory, followed by the inability to test his theory using current methodology and experimental tools. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who falls under three specific headings. First and foremost, I would like to encourage the family and friends of those who survive the victims of 9/11 to read this important work. Secondly, I would recommend this to the layman who would like a richer understanding of the "why" behind suicide. And finally, of course, I would recommend this to those pursuing higher education within one of the behavioral sciences.