Springer, Dordrecht


217 Pages

ISBN 978-3-319-47975-0

Phenomenology of suicide

unlocking the suicidal mind

Edited by

Maurizio Pompili

This book will help the reader to understand the suicidal mind from a phenomenological point of view, shedding light on the feelings of suicidal individuals and also those of clinicians. In accordance with the importance that the phenomenological approach attaches to subjectivity and sense of self as the starting points for knowledge, emphasis is placed on the need for the clinician to focus on the subjective experiences of the at-risk individual, to set aside prior assumptions, judgments, or interpretations, andto identify ways of bridging gaps in communication associated with negative emotions. The vital importance of empathy is stressed, drawing attention to the insights offered by neuroimaging studies and the role of mirror neurons in social cognition.

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Pompili, M. (ed) (2018). Phenomenology of suicide: unlocking the suicidal mind, Springer, Dordrecht.

Table of Contents

Historical phenomenology

Marsh Ian


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Terror and horror

Boden Zoë V. R.


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Suicide and deliberate self-harm

Holmes Jeremy


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Emotional dysregulation and suicide risk

Velotti Patrizia


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Traumatic subjective experiences invite suicide

Maltsberger John T.; Goldblatt Mark J.; Ronningstam Elsa; Weinberg Igor; Schechter Mark


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Dissociation and therapeutic alliance

Firestone Lisa


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A collaborative approach to working with the suicidal mind

Jobes David A.; Piehl Brian M.; Chalker Samantha A.


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The story of my suicide

Staudt Viktor


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Anodyne psychotherapy for suicide

Shneidman Edwin S.


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