Autopsy of a Suicidal Mind

ISBN-10: 0195172736
ISBN-13: 9780195172737
Edition: 2004
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Description: Autopsy of a Suicidal Mind is a uniquely intensive psychological analysis of a suicidal mind. In this poignant scientific study, Edwin S. Shneidman, a founder of the field of suicidology, assembles an extraordinary cast of eight renowned experts to  More...

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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/26/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 6.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Autopsy of a Suicidal Mind is a uniquely intensive psychological analysis of a suicidal mind. In this poignant scientific study, Edwin S. Shneidman, a founder of the field of suicidology, assembles an extraordinary cast of eight renowned experts to analyze the suicidal materials, including a ten-page suicide note, given to him by a distraught mother looking for insights into her son's tragic death. The psychological autopsy centers on the interviews conducted by Shneidman with Arthur's mother, father, brother, sister, best friend, ex-wife, girlfriend, psychotherapist, and attending physician. To gain some understanding of this man's intense psychological pain and to examine what may have been done to save his tortured life, Shneidman approached the top suicide experts in the country to analyze the note and interviews: Morton Silverman, Robert E. Litman, Jerome Motto, Norman L. Farberow, John T. Maltsberger, Ronald Maris, David Rudd, and Avery D. Weisman. Each of the eight experts offers a unique perspective on Arthur's tragic fate, and the sum of their conclusions constitutes an extraordinary psychological autopsy. This book is the first of its kind and a remarkable contribution to the study of suicide. Mental health professionals, students of human nature, and persons whose lives have been touched by this merciless topic will be mesmerized and enlightened by this unique volume. An epistemological tour de force, it will speak to anyone who is concerned with human self-destruction.

Foreword
Consultants
The Beginning
About Suicide Notes
Consultation
Interview with the Mother
The Idea of a Psychological Autopsy
Interview with the Father
Consultation
Consultation
Consultation
Interview with the Brother
Interview with the Sister
Consultation
Interview with the Pal
Consultation
Interview with the Ex-Wife
Interview with the Girlfriend
Interview with the Psychotherapist
Consultation
Interview with the Psychiatrist
Consultation
Letter to the Mother
Appendix: Arthur's Suicide Note
References
Index
About the Author

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