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 ...
  • Vegantrav
    Feb 18, 2019
    In this perceptive, sensitive study, Jesse Bering looks at suicide from all angles. He asks the philosophical and ethical questions surrounding it. He looks at it psychologically, from the mental health perspective. He examines the sociological and religious factors that impinge on sui...
  • Shal'tiar
    Mar 01, 2019
    Well he was right. Don't read this if things are dark for you right now. I've done lots of mental health assessments and when you see the check list for self harm there are only three possible ratings which are mild, moderate, or severe. There is no rating for none. Meaning the mental ...
  • 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 ...
  • Ron Christiansen
    Mar 24, 2019
    Bering interweaves his own experience with suicidal ideation with historical research on suicide in search of describing the suicidal mind. His big contention is that the book will explore the "suicidal person in all of us." Clearly the book resonated with me as in the back matter of t...
  • Weixiang
    Apr 07, 2019
    Since we are in a culture where the act in the title has increased 5 percent in the last 16 years for white Americans, as well as affected my life through the death of my friends, this book was a great source of info on such topic. At the end, a lot of it comes to our shame responses t...
  • 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 ...
  • Ivana
    Feb 27, 2019
    If I could recommend one book to those who lost their loved one to suicide as well as to those who feel life is simply too much, I?d recommend this one. There are sentences in this book that I can only describe as surgical scalpels which cut so precisely into the marrow of all the th...
  • Matthew Getter
    Feb 25, 2019
    An examination and rumination on our one truly serious philosophical (psychological) problem. This book attempts to look at suicide from a multitude of perspectives, starting by dissecting if humans are unique in experiencing the enigma. What follows is a overview of angles. In particu...
  • Randi Kennedy
    Feb 27, 2019
    A deadly serious topic discussed with humor, sincerity, and empathy. Discusses the science of suicide, including different theories of why we kill ourselves : evolutionary adaptation? Mental illness? Emotional maladaptation to perceived failures? For me, as someone who regularly bat...
  • 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...
  • Lizzy
    Mar 25, 2019
    The strongest part of this book is the chapter ?Hacking the Suicidal Mind? and then the subsequent chapter which connects the academic material to a real life case of a young woman who committed suicide. I gained insight personally and professionally from these chapters. The re...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hannah Bisley
    Feb 23, 2019
    One man's examination of suicide and why humans are driven to it. DO NOT READ THIS IF you have just lost a loved one to suicide. It will be very upsetting because of the dark humour, crass language, and brash observations within. It's been 15 years since my mother's and I still fou...
  • Freddy
    Mar 15, 2019
    After the shocking and saddening deaths of Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington, and Keith Flint, I wanted to read a scientific book on the subject of suicide. In the past, I?d turned to memoirs (Styron?s Darkness Visible for example) and poetry to help me explore the experience of cl...
  • 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...
  • Ashley
    Feb 23, 2019
    3.5 stars Overall, I feel this book was a good foray into the world of understanding suicide. Bering is empathic, with his own storied history with suicide, and for the most part keeps a distance between the subject and any kind of moralizing. Until the last 2 chapters. I really enjoy...
  • Marian
    Apr 24, 2019
    A Magpie's Nest of Gaffes, Guffaws, and Tears Is this a Responsible Book on a Risky Subject? This book is out of balance, All Yin, No Yang. This opinion-driven, ugly book deserves an opinion-driven, ugly review. As the author has thought of suicide himself, is it unkind to wri...
  • 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...
  • Beverly
    May 04, 2019
    Author Jesse Bering did a nice job in skimming the surface of a massively complex topic in only 236 pgs. With a light sense of levity, he kept it from slipping into a dark depressive place. Citing from archival suicide attempts, unfortunate successes and their affects on survivors and ...
  • Ashley Peterson
    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...