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Phenomenology of Suicide

Unlocking the Suicidal Mind

Editors: Pompili, Maurizio (Ed.)

  • Helps the reader to understand the suicidal mind from a phenomenological point of view
  • Promotes an approach to suicide prevention that stresses the role of empathy
  • Highlights the insights offered by neuroimaging studies and the role of mirror neurons in social cognition
  • Examines the feelings of clinicans when confronted with potentially suicidal patients
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About this book

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, and to 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.

It is widely acknowledged that when a clinician meets a person who wants to die by suicide, the clinician does not fully understand what is going on inside the mind of that individual. This book recognizes that any approach to suicide prevention must promote understanding of suicidal thoughts and feelings. The awareness that it fosters and the innovative perspectives that it presents will appeal to a wide readership.

About the authors

Maurizio Pompili, MD, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Suicidology in the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy and also coordinator of the Suicide Prevention Center at Sant’Andrea Hospital in Rome. Dr. Pompili received his MD and completed his specialization in Psychiatry (both summa cum laude) from the Sapienza University of Rome and obtained his doctoral degree in Experimental and Clinical Neurosciences from the same university. He has been a visiting scientist at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA, where he received a fellowship in psychiatry. In 2008 Dr. Pompili received the American Association of Suicidology’s Shneidman Award for “Outstanding contributions in research in suicidology”. He was the Italian representative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) for 8 years and served as co-chair of the IASP Council of National Representatives. He is also a member of the International Academy for Suicide Research and the American Association of Suicidology. Dr. Pompili has published more than 300 papers on suicide, including original research articles, book chapters, and editorials. He has co-edited ten international books on suicide, including Evidence-Based Practice in Suicidology (Hogrefe & Huberr) and Suicide in the Words of Suicidologists (Nova). Maurizio Pompili is particularly active in collaborations with the Italian Ministry of Health and Italian Health Institute. His H-index is 32 (Scopus, September 2015).

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Historical Phenomenology: Understanding Experiences of Suicide and Suicidality Across Time

    Marsh, Ian

    Pages 1-12

  • Reflections of a Committed Suicidologist

    Pompili, Maurizio

    Pages 13-30

  • A Phenomenological Approach to Suicidal Mental Life

    Schlimme, Jann E.

    Pages 31-37

  • Early-Life Adversity and Suicide Risk: The Role of Epigenetics

    Turecki, Gustavo, M.D., Ph.D.

    Pages 39-49

  • Terror and Horror: Feelings, Intersubjectivity and ‘Understanding at the Edges’ in an Interview on a Suicide Attempt

    Boden, Zoë V. R.

    Pages 51-71

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-47976-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-47975-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Phenomenology of Suicide
Book Subtitle
Unlocking the Suicidal Mind
Editors
  • Maurizio Pompili
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-47976-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-47976-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-47975-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 217
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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