Autopsy Of A Suicidal Mind

Hardcover | May 6, 2004

byEdwin S. ShneidmanForeword byJudy Collins

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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 aten-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 attendingphysician. 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 deforce, it will speak to anyone who is concerned with human self-destruction.

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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 aten-page suicide note, given to him by a dist...

Edwin S. Shneidman is at UCLA.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 6.42 × 9.49 × 0.79 inPublished:May 6, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Judy Collins: ForewordConsultants1. The Beginning2. About Suicide Notes3. Consultation by Morton Silverman, M.D.4. Interview with the Mother5. The Idea of a Psychological Autopsy6. Interview with the Father7. Consultation by Robert E. Litmanm, M.D.8. Consultation by Jerome Motto, M.D.9. Consultation by Norman L. Farberow10. Interview with the Brother11. Interview with the Sister12. Consultation by John T. Maltsberger, M.D.13. Interview with the Pal14. Consultation by Ronald Maris, Ph.D.15. Interview with the Ex-Wife16. Interview with the Girlfriend17. Interview with the Psychotherapist18. Consultation by David Rudd, Ph.D.19. Interview with the Psychiatrist20. Consultation by Avery Weisman, M.D.21. Letter to the MotherAppendix: Arthur's Suicide NoteReferencesIndexAbout the Author

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"It is plain to us that no one talks or thinks about suicide in quite the way Edwin Shneidman does. His writing invariably challenges readers to think and re-think what they thought they knew. Shneidman loves ideas, he loves words, he loves finding completely distinctive ways of sayingimportant things. As the founder of modern day suicidology, Dr. Shneidman's legacy is rich and vibrant. Shneidman is indisputably an original-a visionary, an innovator, and a pioneer who journeyed forth into a largely unexplored world of suicide fifty years ago."-David A. Jobes, Ph.D., Professor ofPsychology, Catholic University of America, from Cognition and Suicide (American Psychological Association, 2004)