The Perversion of Virtue: Understanding Murder-Suicide

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$42.95
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
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Pages
264
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6.56 X 0.92 X 9.59 inches | 1.06 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
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9780199334551
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About the Author

Thomas Joiner, PhD, is The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University (FSU), Tallahassee. Dr. Joiner's work is on the psychology, neurobiology, and treatment of suicidal behavior and related conditions. Author of over 475 publications, Dr.Joiner has received several prestigious awards for his research. He also runs a part-time clinical and consulting practice specializing in suicidal behavior, including legal consultation on suits involving death by suicide.

Reviews


"Psychologist and Guggenheim Fellow Joiner offers in-depth analyses and real-life examples, placing 'true murder-suicides' in four categories--'mercy, justice, duty, and glory'--while two other categories cover related acts involving both murder and suicide. In addition to psychological and evolutionary research, Joiner draws from the Bible, Shakespeare, Thomas Aquinas, and elsewhere. This important study could save lives, and Joiner's suggestion for mental health professionals to engage patients on the topic of virtue is well-founded." -Publishers Weekly


"If you want to really understand suicide, anything Thomas Joiner says is worth listening to. To have a book on murder-suicide by him is an enormous contribution. Not only is it chock-full of science, but the science is imbedded in compassion-and compassion is surely needed to understand both suicide and murder-suicide." -Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, and Director, Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics (BRTC), University of Washington


"The Perversion of Virtue combines Dr. Joiner's remarkable expertise with a critical analysis and logic for understanding murder-suicide. Readers will find his arguments provocative, explanatory, and elegantly stated." -Timothy W. Lineberry, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic


"In the scholarly, penetrating, and thought-provoking manner that we have come to expect from Dr. Joiner, this important book examines the disturbing and largely misunderstood topic of murder-suicide. Penned by one of the most innovative and insightful intellectual leaders in contemporary psychology, The Perversion of Virtue is an absolute must-read for anyone remotely interested in this tragic, complex, and fascinating topic." -David A. Jobes, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, The Catholic University of America


"Cases of murder-suicide do occur quite frequently around the world. Surprisingly, the literature on the topic is scarce and far from providing a unifying reading of these terrible human tragedies. As he beautifully did for suicide, Dr. Joiner provides another very lucid example of systematic theory-building on a complex matter. The result is a compelling volume, an essential reference for those who may have an interest for the many peculiarities of such extreme behaviors." -Professor Diego De Leo, MD, PhD, AO, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University


"In The Perversion of Virtue, Joiner has contributed sense and explanation. These questions about values, the valuation of murder-suicide, and murder-suicide's frequency should be of interest to many psychology students and psychology professionals working in the clinical, social, and forensic areas. Joiner's accessibility of writing style also should attract the reading public engrossed in similar areas. This same accessibility should pull in many philosophy students and professionals, especially those working in the existential areas focused on confronting the possibilities of death and suicide as foundations of being and life's meaning. In many ways, Joiner enriches our intellectual lives by killing us softly with his song." -Richard W. Bloom, PsycCRITIQUES




"Psychologist and Guggenheim Fellow Joiner offers in-depth analyses and real-life examples, placing 'true murder-suicides' in four categories--'mercy, justice, duty, and glory'--while two other categories cover related acts involving both murder and suicide. In addition to psychological and evolutionary research, Joiner draws from the Bible, Shakespeare, Thomas Aquinas, and elsewhere. This important study could save lives, and Joiner's suggestion for mental health professionals to engage patients on the topic of virtue is well-founded." -Publishers Weekly


"If you want to really understand suicide, anything Thomas Joiner says is worth listening to. To have a book on murder-suicide by him is an enormous contribution. Not only is it chock-full of science, but the science is imbedded in compassion-and compassion is surely needed to understand both suicide and murder-suicide." -Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, and Director, Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics (BRTC), University of Washington


"The Perversion of Virtue combines Dr. Joiner's remarkable expertise with a critical analysis and logic for understanding murder-suicide. Readers will find his arguments provocative, explanatory, and elegantly stated." -Timothy W. Lineberry, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic


"In the scholarly, penetrating, and thought-provoking manner that we have come to expect from Dr. Joiner, this important book examines the disturbing and largely misunderstood topic of murder-suicide. Penned by one of the most innovative and insightful intellectual leaders in contemporary psychology, The Perversion of Virtue is an absolute must-read for anyone remotely interested in this tragic, complex, and fascinating topic." -David A. Jobes, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, The Catholic University of America


"Cases of murder-suicide do occur quite frequently around the world. Surprisingly, the literature on the topic is scarce and far from providing a unifying reading of these terrible human tragedies. As he beautifully did for suicide, Dr. Joiner provides another very lucid example of systematic theory-building on a complex matter. The result is a compelling volume, an essential reference for those who may have an interest for the many peculiarities of such extreme behaviors." -Professor Diego De Leo, MD, PhD, AO, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University


"In The Perversion of Virtue, Joiner has contributed sense and explanation. These questions about values, the valuation of murder-suicide, and murder-suicide's frequency should be of interest to many psychology students and psychology professionals working in the clinical, social, and forensic areas. Joiner's accessibility of writing style also should attract the reading public engrossed in similar areas. This same accessibility should pull in many philosophy students and professionals, especially those working in the existential areas focused on confronting the possibilities of death and suicide as foundations of being and life's meaning. In many ways, Joiner enriches our intellectual lives by killing us softly with his song." -Richard W. Bloom, PsycCRITIQUES