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Suicide and the Soul (Dunquin) [Paperback]

James Hillman
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  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Spring Publications,U.S.; New edition edition (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882142275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882142272
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Presents a study of the psychology of suicide, and considers the reasons why some people feel a mysterious urge to die.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely prolific and moving book 3 Jan 2007
By Rae
Format:Paperback
This is the most influential book I have read regarding clinical practice. After reading it, I was in awe of how anyone can think let alone write so profoundly. It is not just about suicide, but speaks of how experience and developmental transitions shape our existence. Although breathtakingly compassionate and sophisticated regarding the joys and pains of living, I didn't find the content at all sentimental. This book is highly absorbing, frequently moving and extremely original in its perspective on various concepts. Ideas are introduced well, with examples that make it accessible to anyone regardless of their professional or personal reasons for reading "Suicide and the Soul". It can be a challenge in terms of the concepts, beliefs and emotions related to the material as would be expected. I am astounded at the age of this book; given how contemporary its viewpoints are on the matter. There is just as much value in this book to learn more about living and life, as death and suicide. Obviously, I would recommend reading the book.....at least once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 16 April 2014
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I am so grateful that somebody has thought and felt so deeply about this subject and can put it so well into words. The prose is very clear and mostly straightforward but the ideas are profound and beautiful and liberating. He brings such compassion to this subject. As someone personally affected by suicide, I have struggled all my life to find meaning in the choice made by my parent. Almost nobody will talk about suicide from the inside, from the 'soul's' perspective. I have been into a Christian bookshop for example and found not one single book on the subject, from any perspective.
The first part of the book considers what might be the meaning of the suicidal urge, and even suicide itself, to the soul. It is an extraordinary piece of writing.
Then follows a consideration of the difference in motivation of the physician, the psychiatrist and the psychoanalyst. I didn't need quite so much of this but it is still interesting.
The last chapters are more generally about the soul's journey and the problems with normal psychotherapy. I am on the second to last chapter and it's just wonderful.
This is not remotely a depressing book. It's nourishment for those who needs this strange but satisfying food.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Soul's Journey 16 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback
I found this work very inspiring and helpful. It would bring comfort to many who are coping with the death of a loved one by suicide. In true Jungian tradition, Hillman remind us that the journey of any soul is mystery with internal demands that we may not ever understand. He says the job of the doctor is to keep the patient alive whereas it is the job of the psychotherapist to have a sense of a bigger picture.
While I believe many choose to take their lives because they feel so overwhelmed by long-buried pain that is hard to live with when it confronts them, I regret that some don't feel able to wait for the intensity of that suffering to lessen and move on to the next phase of their lives. However, this book is a timely reminder from Hillman that there is a bigger mystery going on than we can understand and in the face of that mystery we can humbly trust in the soul's integrity and support those left to grieve as best we can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When Nothing Makes Sense 6 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If someone close to you has taken their life, you need to read this book. There are no cliches here. No pap. This is an in- depth report, based on years of study and experience in the field, on the clinical route that ends in suicide and why your intervention may not have made a difference.
Dr. Hillman shows us the path the soul took to the brink and explains why they could not turn back...unless they stood at the edge and chose to turn away.
I have read many books that sought to confort the bereaved. This book allows us, as the tormented survivors, a smidgeon of insight. The kind of insight that makes some sense of the senseless act. I don't know Dr. Hillman, although I certainly read some of his other work after reading this book; but I owe him a dept. This book is a gift. I hope you find it as remarkable as I did.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound and insightful 25 Feb 2010
By Samantha Barton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the most influential book I have read regarding clinical practice. After reading it, I was in awe of how anyone can think let alone write so profoundly. It is not just about suicide, but speaks of how experience and developmental transitions shape our existence. Although breathtakingly compassionate and sophisticated regarding the joys and pains of living, I didn't find the content at all sentimental. This book is highly absorbing, frequently moving and extremely original in its perspective on various concepts. Ideas are introduced well, with examples that make it accessible to anyone regardless of their professional or personal reasons for reading "Suicide and the Soul". It can be a challenge in terms of the concepts, beliefs and emotions related to the material as would be expected. I am astounded at the age of this book; given how contemporary its viewpoints are on the matter. There is just as much value in this book to learn more about living and life, as death and suicide. Obviously, I would recommend reading the book.....at least once.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic 3 Nov 2010
By Mary B - Published on Amazon.com
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Hillman delivers - and like many Jungian writers, he wanders all of soul's territory and Jung's theories. It's provocative and insightful.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radical, controversial and really helpful 27 Dec 2013
By Dr. Beth Hedva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Hillman's book helps clarify the depth of struggle and challenge we face when confronted with endless pain and suffering when one takes control of one's own life-and-death. It is not only the suicidal person who tries take control. . . society, religion, family, friends and therapists all try to take control, by threatening, incarcerating, hospitalizing, medicating or restraining the suicidal person.
Hillman points out how the soul is on a journey that includes a 'dark night of the soul'. . .AND that the integrity of the soul's journey will continue, regardless of our own and others attempts to control it. In my own book "BETRAYAL, TRUST AND FORGIVENESS", I show how feeling out of control takes us into a 'dark night of the soul' that leads to a symbolic death that may ultimately awaken us to a deeper truth that renews the soul.. . .AND. . . with suicide, the 'soul death' may be both symbolic and bring physical death. Hillman puts into words how deeply intertwined the urge to take one's own life is with 'soul death' (which is not necessarily physical). This can be liberating, consoling and confirming for the person considering suicide as well as friends and family.

Hillman suggests that instead of threatening someone who is suicidal with hospitalization, medication, incarceration (as a murderer); or even worse, damning a person to hell--instead, let us ask a different question. . .what does the soul have in mind--and how does the soul return to its sense of wholeness? I recommend this book to my clients, family and friends--for all those considering suicide and for those who may be walking with someone they love who is considering this ultimate option. I am a grateful to James Hillman for courageously addressing this topic. It is a "must read" for all helping professionals and clergy who are dealing with suicide.

Dr. Beth Hedva, Author
Betrayal, Trust and Forgiveness
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful thought on taboo topic 18 April 2014
By Katya Prokina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's so explanatory of what's going on in our world these days. Helps you to distinguish between feelings, attitudes. Loved this book.
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