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Very Human Ending, A: How suicide haunts our species [9780857524515]

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Suicide remains one of the biggest killers in the Western world, yet we struggle to talk about the factors that lead someone to take their own life. More often than not, it is negative social evaluations - real or imagined - that drive us to such an extreme course of action. So what is it about the human brain that means that we may not only entertain suicidal thoughts but, in some cases, actually act upon them? In A Very Human Ending, psychologist Jesse Bering dispels the silence and shame that surround the subject of suicide. Combining cutting-edge scientific research with investigative journalism and first-person testimony, Bering seeks to provide a better understanding of the suicidal mind. He speculates as to why we are the only species on earth that deliberately ends its own life and analyzes the journals and notes left behind by suicides for clues about why humans end it all. His penetrating anaylsis aims to demystify a subject that simultaneously attracts and repulses. A Very Human Ending is guaranteed to jump-start a new conversation about a perennial problem that knows no cultural or demographic boundaries.
AUTHOR: Jesse Bering is an award-winning science writer specializing in evolutionary psychology and human behavior. His `Bering in Mind' column at Scientific American was named a 2010 Webby Award Honoree by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. His previous books are, The Belief Instinct whichwas included in the American Library Association's Top 25 Books of the Year.This was followed by a collection of his previously published essays, Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? and Perv , a taboo-shattering work igniting discussion and fierce debates, named as a New YorkTimes Editor's Choice. A developmental psychologist by training, Bering is a renowned expert in the field ofcognitive science and religion, He began his career at the University of Arkansas, as an Assistant Professor of Psychology from 2002 to 2006. He then served as the Director of the Institute of Cognition and Culture at the Queen's University, Belfast until 2011. Presently, he is an Associate Professor of Science Communication at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
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