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Lives and Deaths : Selections from the Works of Edwin S. Shneidman - Antoon A. Leenaars

Lives and Deaths

Selections from the Works of Edwin S. Shneidman

By: Antoon A. Leenaars (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st July 1999
ISBN: 9781583910115
Number Of Pages: 448

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Edwin S. Shneidman is recognized as the central figure in the field of suicidology. His writings have taught countless psychologists and other health professionals about the complexity of suicide, death and bereavement.

This collection of his writings spans the entirety of his career and offers a unique insight into the development of his thinking. The material is broken down into five parts: Psychological Assessment, Logic, Melville and Murray, Suicide, and Death and each section includes an introduction by the editor.

Lives and Deaths is a vital resource for those in suicidology and related fields, allowing the reader to sample a variety of selections from Shneidman's work in one compact volume. The book is ideal for classroom use by upper level undergraduates and graduate students in the history of suicidology or as a supplemental text in a general suicidology course. It is also of interest to clinicians treating high-risk patients as well as a more general audience including psychologists, social workers, crisis counselors and suicide prevention specialists.

Industry Reviews

"Here is a rich collection of 37 selected writings by the renowned suicidologist, from a 1943 article on the appraisal interview to one published in 1999 on the Psychological Pain Assessment Sale. The wide range of topics includes psycholgical assessment, logic, Herman Melville and Henry Murray, suicide, and death." -Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, , Spring 2000

Psychological Assessment
A Note on the Experimental Study of the Appraisal Interviewp. 5
MAPS of the Harvard Yardp. 16
Personality and "Success" Among a Selected Group of Lawyersp. 29
The Psychological Pain Assessment Scalep. 41
The Logic of Politicsp. 49
On "Therefore I Must Kill Myself."p. 72
Melville's Cognitive Style: The Logic of Moby-Dickp. 77
Melville and Murray
The Deaths of Herman Melvillep. 103
Some Psychological Reflections on the Death of Malcolm Melvillep. 127
A Possible Classification of Suicidal Acts Based on Murray's Need Systemp. 139
Remarks at a Memorial Service for Henry A. Murrayp. 146
"Suicide" and "Suicidology": A Brief Etymological Notep. 149
A Formal Definition, with Explicationp. 154
Suicide on My Mind, Britannica on My Tablep. 164
Suicide. Encyclopaedia Britannicap. 176
Perturbation and Lethality as Precursors of Suicide in a Gifted Groupp. 198
A Conspectus of the Suicidal Scenariop. 223
Suicide as Psychachep. 239
Some Characteristics of Genuine Versus Simulated Suicide Notesp. 247
Suicide Notes Reconsideredp. 256
Self-Destruction: Suicide Notes and Tragic Livesp. 277
Letters of Enforced Death Versus Suicide Notesp. 303
The Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Center: A Demonstration of Public Health Feasibilitiesp. 313
The NIMH Center for Studies of Suicide Preventionp. 321
Some Reflections of a Founderp. 330
How To Prevent Suicide: Public Affairs Pamphletp. 345
Psychotherapy with Suicidal Patientsp. 363
Aphorisms of Suicide and Some Implications for Psychotherapyp. 372
Letter to the Editor: Rational Suicide and Psychiatric Disordersp. 383
The Psychological Autopsyp. 387
Comment: The Psychological Autopsyp. 411
An Example of an Equivocal Death Clarified in a Court of Lawp. 415
Postvention: The Care of the Bereavedp. 444
Orientations Toward Death: A Vital Aspect of the Study of Livesp. 459
Clinical Thanatology and Psychotherapy: Some Reflections on Caring for the Dying Personp. 502
Final Thoughts and Reflectionsp. 511
Dedication (to Parents)p. 518
Bibliography: The Complete Works of Edwin S. Shneidmanp. 519
Indexp. 533
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ISBN: 9781583910115
ISBN-10: 1583910115
Series: Series in Death, Dying, and Bereavement
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st July 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 1