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Waking Up, Alive

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In this extraordinary book, psychologist Richard A. Heckler tells the whole story of the descent, the attempt, and the return to life. He gives new depth to our understanding of the descent - the withdrawal from relationships, the facade of normalcy, and the suicidal trance. For the first time, we comprehend the determination and clarity of that fatal choice. And then, bec ...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published February 6th 1996 by Ballantine Books (first published October 19th 1994)
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I have mixed feelings about this book. For many readers the information contained in Waking Up, Alive will be extremely useful. Without falling into clinical terminology, the author describes very well what is happening from the suicidal "trance" to the point of recovery and beyond.
But I also found the structure of the book repetitive and confusing. It was awfully hard to keep straight the various interview subjects and their particular circumstances. This was not helped
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The only reason this book was a five-star book for me was because I wish each person's story could've been told in their entirety, and then have the author site excerpts when using them as examples. It was difficult for me to keep each individuals experience straight. Other than that, it was an insightful and inspiring read.
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Very triggering in parts, but it's a good book overall. The second time I picked it up (after a long hiatus) I only read the parts dealing with the return to life after an attempt and the redemption and reawakening that comes with it, so I had a much more positive experience.
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has been a lifeline for our family after our sister's suicide. Although she completed her suicide, it gave us an understanding of her pain and helped us understand why she chose that path.
The book became a major source of healing.
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