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The Suicidal Mind by Edwin S. Shneidman
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Nov 06, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 2011, borrowed, psychology, philosophy
Read in November, 2011

I can't believe Shneidman considers his psychache concept remotely close to proven, because it simply is not, at least in this book. But we go from a section of dogmatic assertions stating exactly this and hop right into...three case studies, each one obviously carefully chosen to illustrate this or that point. (Talk about selection bias! - And this after ALREADY excluding anything outside a "Judeo-Christian" culture [p.5])

Actually, the best is indeed saved for the end here, with the last two chapters. A wee bit creepy, when Shneidman describes his sometimes deliberately manipulative therapeutic style, but both chapters seem cut almost from a different cloth from the rest of the book. In them Shneidman looks back over his career and does indeed have some interesting things to say.

I think this is one I'll circle back to in a few months, but overall I can't say I'm anything but disappointed.
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