Why People Die by Suicide by Thomas E. Joiner
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Why People Die by Suicide
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Why People Die by Suicide

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Why People Die by Suicide by Thomas E. Joiner

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674025493
ISBN-10: 0674025490
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 28-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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The leading expert in interpersonal approaches to depression offers readers practical steps for improving social skills, overcoming interpersonal dependency, and confronting interpersonal inhibitions that make a person more vulnerable to depression.

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Author Biography - Thomas E. Joiner

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

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