ISBN-10:
0674025490
ISBN-13:
9780674025493
Pub. Date:
09/15/2007
Publisher:
Harvard
Why People Die by Suicide / Edition 1

Why People Die by Suicide / Edition 1

by Thomas Joiner
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ISBN-13: 9780674025493
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/15/2007
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 249,876
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Thomas Joiner is Distinguished Research Professor and Bright-Burton Professor of Psychology at Florida State University.

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

What People are Saying About This

Joiner provides an elegant description of what leads people to commit suicide and what professionals, families, and friends can do to prevent the crisis that this tragedy creates for everyone involved.

Carla Fine

As a survivor, I find this book to be illuminating, informative, and, most of all, healing. Joiner searches for the "why" of suicide as both a scientist and a survivor himself, and his research and insights help us to make sense of the pain and confusion that led our loved ones to end their lives.
Carla Fine, author of No Time To Say Goodbye: Surviving The Suicide Of A Loved One

Pauline Boss

In a book both personal and scientific, Thomas Joiner gives us the deepest understanding of suicide that has yet been written. He reminds us that to go on living we need to feel that we belong to someone and that we are effective. But he adds a surprising third factor--we must not break down our fear of death. Joiner offers wise guidance not only to professionals, but to those who must live on after this kind of death in the family.
Pauline Boss, author of Ambiguous Loss

Aaron T. Beck

Joiner provides an elegant description of what leads people to commit suicide and what professionals, families, and friends can do to prevent the crisis that this tragedy creates for everyone involved.
Aaron T. Beck, M.D., University Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

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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.