Why People Die by Suicide

Why People Die by Suicide

Book - 2005
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In the wake of a suicide, the most troubling questions are invariably themost difficult to answer: how could we have known? What could wehave done? And always, unremittingly: why? Written by a clinicalpsychologist whose own life has been touched by suicide, this bookoffers the clearest account ever given of why some people choose todie. Drawing on extensive clinical and epidemiological evidence, aswell as personal experience. Thomas Joiner brings a comprehensiveunderstanding to seemingly incomprehensible behaviour. Among themany people who have considered, attempted, or died by suicide, hefinds three factors that mark those most at risk of death: the feeling ofbeing a burden on loved ones; the sense of isolation; and, chillingly, the learned ability to hurt oneself
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2005.
ISBN: 9780674019010
Branch Call Number: 616.85844/JOINER
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jan 30, 2018

The author had some interesting things to say on the matter, but I think the way he went about writing this book would be difficult for the masses to fully understand. Also there's a lot of talk about himself in lieu of why people commit suicide.

Sep 23, 2016

It wasn't written for the general public. It's written for health professionals who work with individuals who may be at risk for suicide.

Jul 06, 2011

I liked what the author had to say, but I didn't like the way in which he wrote it. The author should have had an editor more closely comb through his work as it was difficult to get through. Essentially, he says that people choose to kill themselves because the fill they are a burden to their families and because they....they....I can't even remember.


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