Lives and Deaths: Selections from the Works of Edwin S. Shneidman, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Lives and Deaths

Selections from the Works of Edwin S. Shneidman, 1st Edition

Edited by Antoon Leenaars


448 pages

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Paperback: 9781583910115
pub: 1999-07-01
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Edwin S. Shneidman is recognized as the central figure in the field of suicidology. His writings have taught countless psychologists and other health professionals about the complexity of suicide, death and bereavement.

This collection of his writings spans the entirety of his career and offers a unique insight into the development of his thinking. The material is broken down into five parts: Psychological Assessment, Logic, Melville and Murray, Suicide, and Death and each section includes an introduction by the editor.

Lives and Deaths is a vital resource for those in suicidology and related fields, allowing the reader to sample a variety of selections from Shneidman's work in one compact volume. The book is ideal for classroom use by upper level undergraduates and graduate students in the history of suicidology or as a supplemental text in a general suicidology course. It is also of interest to clinicians treating high-risk patients as well as a more general audience including psychologists, social workers, crisis counselors and suicide prevention specialists.


"Here is a rich collection of 37 selected writings by the renowned suicidologist, from a 1943 article on the appraisal interview to one published in 1999 on the Psychological Pain Assessment Sale. The wide range of topics includes psycholgical assessment, logic, Herman Melville and Henry Murray, suicide, and death." -- Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic,

About the Series

Series in Death, Dying, and Bereavement

Volumes published in the Series in Death, Dying and Bereavement are representative of the multidisciplinary nature of the intersecting fields of death studies, suicidology, end-of-life care, and grief counseling.

The series meets the needs of clinicians, researchers, paraprofessionals, pastoral counselors, and educators by providing cutting edge research, theory, and best practices on the most important topics in these fields—for today and for tomorrow.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General