Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves

Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves

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 For much of his thirties, Jesse Bering thought he was probably going to kill himself. He was a successful psychologi...

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Title:Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves
Author:Jesse Bering
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves Reviews

  • Rob Sica
    Jul 20, 2018
    As an academic librarian with some familiarity with current scholarship on suicide (through both my research assistance and my recreational interest), I unreservedly and enthusiastically recommend this superbly written, scientifically informed, and richly insightful book accessible to ...
  • Joseph
    Jul 10, 2018
    Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves by Jesse Bering is a study of suicide and with explanations and theories. Bering is an award-winning science writer specializing in evolutionary psychology and human behavior. His ?Bering in Mind? column at Scientific American was a 2010 Webby Award ...
  • Tony
    Jan 11, 2019
    Lucid and elegant. It feels thorough somehow. It avoids preaching about prevention and carefully and gently explores the context. I'd like to see more on the topic from a civil rights perspective. ...
  • Nancy
    Dec 10, 2018
    This book covers a lot of interesting territory but doesn't often summarize various lines of inquiry or clearly explain conclusions. The best (and most impactful) section was on the mindset progression of someone about to act on suicidal intentions - like ingredients in a 'cocktail' wh...
  • V Mignon
    Dec 26, 2018
    Definitely more on this later, but Jesse Bering's Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves is a fascinating collection of possible reasons. There are no answers in this book, and perhaps for some that will be discomforting. I found it exactly as Bering said, that to understand some of the more ...
  • Grace
    Oct 26, 2018
    Why do we kill ourselves is one of the most difficult questions to both ask and answer. In Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves Jesse Bering dares to do both. Bering is unflinching in looking at all aspects of suicide, including his own suicidal past. Bering examines suicide from every ...
  • Bob
    Jun 30, 2018
    Outstanding, timely book on an important subject. Dr. Bering does an excellent job of summarizing what we know about suicide while weaving in his own struggles with suicidal ideation. Research results are outlined and complemented by relevant experiences, including current media (e.g.,...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Aug 19, 2018
    ? All the inconveniences in the world are not considerable enough that a man should die to evade them; and, besides, there being so many, so sudden and unexpected changes in human things, it is hard rightly to judge when we are at the end of our hope? Michel de Montaigne, A Cust...
  • Cindy Hall
    Nov 10, 2018
    Great writing by my mate Jesse about a very difficult and complex topic. Take your time with this one -- especially the chapter about the young woman Vic. ...
  • Kerry
    Dec 11, 2018
    An interesting look but a lot of good points. ...
  • Kat
    Nov 23, 2018
    A very good albeit terrifying read that examines the reasons, biological, social, moral, and historical, that people have to end their lives. The downward spiral that leads to suicide is a frighteningly easy one to slip down; many of the descriptions of the thought processes and percep...
  • Hanna
    Nov 28, 2018
    This book was jarring and very difficult to read at times. It was also however very good. It was well researched and had a nice mix of anecdotes, scientific data and studies, and philosophy. ...
  • Susan
    Dec 26, 2018
    One would think that this is a depressing subject to read about and it is, but it is also a very important one to gain some insights in, especially since no one is immune to it. Just think Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. It is also a problem for students of all ages - a reason why I a...
  • Bart
    Sep 13, 2018
    Bam, in your face. Wat een rit was dit boek zeg, van de psychologische benadering van zelfmoord tot zeer persoonlijke verhalen van mensen die zelfmoord pleegden. Nogmaals, verplichte kost voor psychologen, maar niet voor iedereen weggelegd. ...
  • Toni
    Dec 15, 2018
    As someone who has been directly affected by suicide, even 30 years later I (and I know my parents do) still try to make sense of why my brother would deliberately end his own life. This book investigates the possible reasons including biological and cultural. I found the step-by-step ...
  • Oryx
    Aug 20, 2018
    A Sacksian investigation into suicide that is not just timely, but necessary, vital, groundbreaking and wholly awe-some. 4.6666666698 ...
  • Diane Hernandez
    Nov 02, 2018
    Theories abound, but few conclusions are reached in the interesting, but ultimately disappointing, Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves. Recently, there has been a spate of celebrity suicides: Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain and Avicii (Tim Bergling). Despite having an outwardly successful ...
  • Michelle
    Nov 05, 2018
    As a gifted academic, research psychologist and professor at Otago University (New Zealand) Jesse Bering is a bestselling author, his books have been translated in several languages. In ?Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves? Bering delves into what he calls the ?specter of suicide?-...
  • Neil H
    Oct 18, 2018
    I half expected this book to be a frivolous read. I admit bias when the author confesses his literary work with such lurid names as Why Is a Penis Shaped Like That amongst others. But as one of many others who have a history of addiction, mental and suicidal thoughts. I thought this mi...
  • Ruth Cierkens
    Nov 04, 2018
    Interessante kijk op een heel interessant thema. Heel nuchter geschreven, verschillende visies die aanbod komen en wetenschappelijk onderbouwd. Boeiend! ...
  • Holly
    Dec 10, 2018
    I'm glad I read this. It's hard to review, because despite the authors conversational tone it really is half novel and half dissertation. Jesse Bering as both author and narrator got on my nerves sometimes with the lengthy anecdotes that sometimes felt off topic and unnecessary. But re...
  • Emma Pulling
    Nov 21, 2018
    This book seems to me like the author had a word limit to hit so he just wrote about random stuff in places. However, I do think everyone should give this book a read, especially the chapter about a young girl named Vic. Beautifully written ...
  • Mrs. Europaea
    Aug 04, 2018
    In Suicidal, Bering discusses the risk factors of suicide via psychological, sociological, and biological theories. The psychological theories focused on the functioning of the human mind by examining thoughts, emotions, behaviors, etc., while his research on biological theories of sui...
  • MentalHealthAtHome
    Nov 21, 2018
    Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves by psychologist Jesse Bering is an attempt to make sense of the complex phenomenon of suicide from a variety of different angles including psychological, biological, spiritual, and evolutionary.  The author admits that he takes an intellectualized, sci...
  • Seth
    Aug 30, 2018
    Have you ever talked with someone and you never knew exactly what they were getting at, or how what they were talking about was related? If yes, then you know how this book will read. While reading this book I could never really understand what the author's conclusion was at the end of...
  • Aimee
    Jul 09, 2018
    Have you thought about suicide? Have you been affected by suicide? Are you just interested in what causes suicide and what makes some people more susceptible than others? If so, this is an excellent book for you. The book covers: ? A brief overview of how genetics and differences ...
  • Judith
    Jan 08, 2019
    Bering allows his intellectual curiosity and intimate feelings to interact - in print. A courageous writer always ready to put himself in the context of being an individual animal in an evolving population in an apparently infinite and ultimately incomprehensible universe. He is nevert...
  • Maddy Reid
    Oct 05, 2018
    In A Very Human Ending: How suicide haunts our species, Jesse Bering attempts to unravel the seemingly impenetrable mind of the suicidal individual through psychological, biological, evolutionary and sociological exploratory lenses, but perhaps most emotively, through personal testimon...
  • Aaron
    Oct 26, 2018
    Very confronting text but still manages to find just enough humor to make this a great read. If you're looking for a self-help book on suicide, this is probably not the book for you. However if you want direct and no BS you will be richly rewarded by reading this. Beware the author is ...
  • Heather Milewski
    Dec 31, 2018
    I am so disappointed to only give this a low rating because I was looking forward to reading it for months. I rarely buy books but I wanted to read this while on Christmas break so bad I did. My main problem with the book was the overuse of footnotes. I love me a good footnote but when...