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August 17 , 2009

Definition of Suicide


Suicide has reached an alarming level in our society, especially among teenagers and young adults.  Based on the author's more than thirty years experience as a clinical suicidologist, this ground-breaking work attempts to redefine our understanding of the true nature of suicide and seeks to help practitioners identify, understand, and treat individuals who seek to kill themselves.

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Definition of Suicide presents an original set of ten characteristics common in suicide.  Detailed explanations of these "Ten Commonalities of Suicide" create an intimate portrait of the suicidal person's emotions, thought, internal attitudes, desires, actions, and inner stresses.  Examples of actual suicide notes construct a deeper understanding of the driving forces behind the act itself.  The author draws valuable lessons from literature, philosophy, psychology, and systems theory, illustrated by classics written by Herman Melville, Stephen C. Pepper, Henry A. Murray, and James G. Miller.  

Deeply insightful, this original book is both a major theoretical treatment of self-destruction and a practical first-aid manual and guide for preventing suicidal deaths.

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