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Green Destiny

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Suicide the forever decision. I've read this book before and have mixed feeling about it. I think that the author does make some good points and in depth analysis (I mean he is a Psychiatrist after all) but there are times where I feel like he just doesn't understand the suicidal because he's on one side of the fence. But take my opinion with a grain of salt i'm certainly no professional.
 
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Celerity

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This book looks familiar. I believe I may have read some excerpts years ago, but I’m not sure.

Did the author himself disclose any history of suicidal ideation?

I usually don’t find much use in the perspectives of people who haven’t seriously considered suicide before. I’ll listen for ideas, but the only time I’m moved by such testimonials anymore is when the speaker/author has some firsthand experience.
 
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Celerity said:
Did the author himself disclose any history of suicidal ideation?
As far as I can tell they did not.
 
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Green Destiny said:
As far as I can tell they did not.
Ah, that’s too bad. (not wishing this hell on anyone but not good for my purposes).
 
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I read through a bit of the book and he seems to cast a wide net to cover the general driving mechanisms leading people toward suicide and attempting to guilt trip people out of it. Additionally, it comes off as a little disingenuous, because it reads like a poorly edited stream of consciousness writing style coupled with relatively shallow topic discussion and a hefty dose of vague personal anecdotes. Personally, I do not like it, but I can see it appealing to others.
 
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This "book" looks like some why-you-shouldn't-kill-yourself blog post that has been stretched to 100 pages. It looks like something that Google search on suicide would show on first page, right after hotline numbers. Some people would definitely find it helpful (especially those that are new to struggle of being suicidal), but it seems to me that most forum members are beyond that point.
 
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justsayin said:
This "book" looks like some why-you-shouldn't-kill-yourself blog post that has been stretched to 100 pages. It looks like something that Google search on suicide would show on first page, right after hotline numbers. Some people would definitely find it helpful (especially those that are new to struggle of being suicidal), but it seems to me that most forum members are beyond that point.
IIRC, that’s what this is. I think I found this book years ago googling, so you’re pretty much on point.

I think it might actually be put to better use as a pseudo-training manual for crisis counselors or something. Good arguments, analogies, and anecdotes to talk someone down. To engender long-term change in suicidal ideation? Nah.
 
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