6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2010
We grow up often thinking that pain is that sore knee or damaged finger. Psychological pain, however, is something else. This set of papers, all well written and relevant, bring us closer to the pain of longing, turmoil and deep sadness. It makes essential reading for a therapist and brings understanding of the nature of such pain closer to the reader. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers or solutions when working with a suicidal person, but this text is one step nearer to at least understanding their pain. I would highly recommend this book to all counsellors and therapists. Michael Alexander, Leeds.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2013
I found this book fascinating! Having read other books about the ability within us all to destroy ourselves, none examined the subject in as much depth as this one. Taking primarily an object-relations approach, the writers look beneath the surface of self-harming and/or suicidal clients and take us into the psychodynamics of these desperately painful emotional places; and the often complicated series of events which might have prompted someone to contemplate harming or killing themselves. This is actually a positive read; giving some thought-provoking insights as to how we might work with such clients in a way which can enable them to step back from the edge of the abyss. I highly recommend it!