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Edwin S. Shneidman's Autopsy of a Suicidal Mind PDF

By Edwin S. Shneidman

ISBN-10: 0195172736

ISBN-13: 9780195172737

Post-mortem of a Suicidal brain is a uniquely extensive mental research of a suicidal brain. during this poignant medical research, Edwin S. Shneidman, a founding father of the sphere of suicidology, assembles a rare solid of 8 well known specialists to investigate the suicidal fabrics, together with a ten-page suicide observe, given to him via a distraught mom trying to find insights into her son's tragic demise. The mental post-mortem facilities at the interviews carried out by means of Shneidman with Arthur's mom, father, brother, sister, ally, ex-wife, female friend, psychotherapist, and attending physician.To achieve a few figuring out of this man's severe mental ache and to check what could have been performed to avoid wasting his tortured existence, Shneidman approached the head suicide specialists within the state to investigate the observe and interviews: Morton Silverman, Robert E. Litman, Jerome Motto, Norman L. Farberow, John T. Maltsberger, Ronald Maris, David Rudd, and Avery D. Weisman. all of the 8 specialists deals a different viewpoint on Arthur's tragic destiny, and the sum in their conclusions constitutes a unprecedented mental post-mortem. This ebook is the 1st of its sort and a impressive contribution to the research of suicide. psychological future health execs, scholars of human nature, and people whose lives were touched by way of this cruel subject might be mesmerized and enlightened via this distinctive quantity. An epistemological journey de strength, it's going to converse to a person who's all in favour of human self-destruction.

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We were in Indian Guides together, and we would do projects together in the house. He had very difficult years of growing up while we were married; he went into therapy when he was approximately seven years old and used to have—I’d call them tantrums. He didn’t seem to have a good image of himself; whereas his older brother was much more academic and much more athletic, Arthur developed very slowly in those areas. At twelve he was going to therapy, and he was acting out really very physically, fighting with his brother, running out of the house, breaking things, and doing very poorly academically in school.

Our home has always been both a philosophical, thoughtful home where we talked values; about the idea of death and so forth. I know that, in the last year or so before he killed himself, he was studying religion and the whole idea of the afterlife and the purpose of life, and he was discussing this with his older brother. They became very close friends in the last few years. As I said, his older brother is brilliant; Arthur obviously was brilliant. They could talk on a very high level. His older brother had no idea that inside Arthur he was looking at this from a different vantage point.

Ess: So there was a real sibling difference? dad: All I could see was that it was unfortunate for the little guy to have this big guy two years older having developed so quickly so well. ess: Do you think that was one of the things that bugged him? dad: And, in addition, his mother tends to be, at times, rather rigid. Her way of having the kids go to sleep at a certain time, eat at a certain time, eat a certain amount; all these things. I was raised in a very laissez-faire atmosphere at home. My whole stimulation for academic and personal excellence came from the peer groups.

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