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Suicidal : why we kill ourselves / Jesse Bering.

Bering, Jesse, (author.).
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  • 1 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Princeton PL - Princeton 362.281 Ber (Text) 30890000701027 New Adult Materials Upper level Available -
West Lafayette PL - West Lafayette 362.281 BER (Text) 31951004356900 Main Floor - New Arrivals In process -

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  • ISBN: 9780226463322
  • ISBN: 022646332X
  • Physical Description: 275 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The call to oblivion -- Unlike the scorpion girt by fire -- Betting odds -- Hacking the suicidal mind -- The things she told Lorraine -- To log off this mortal coil -- What doesn't die -- Gray matter.
Summary, etc.:
For much of his thirties, Jesse Bering thought he was probably going to kill himself. He was a successful psychologist and writer, with books to his name and bylines in major magazines. But none of that mattered. The impulse to take his own life remained. At times it felt all but inescapable. Bering survived. And in addition to relief, the fading of his suicidal thoughts brought curiosity. Where had they come from? Would they return? Is the suicidal impulse found in other animals? Or is our vulnerability to suicide a uniquely human evolutionary development? In Suicidal, Bering answers all these questions and more, taking us through the science and psychology of suicide, revealing its cognitive secrets and the subtle tricks our minds play on us when we’re easy emotional prey. Scientific studies, personal stories, and remarkable cross-species comparisons come together to help readers critically analyze their own doomsday thoughts while gaining broad insight into a problem that, tragically, will most likely touch all of us at some point in our lives. But while the subject is certainly a heavy one, Bering’s touch is light. Having been through this himself, he knows that sometimes the most effective response to our darkest moments is a gentle humor, one that, while not denying the seriousness of suffering, at the same time acknowledges our complicated, flawed, and yet precious existence.
Subject: Suicide

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