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Product Details

  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (September 14, 1956)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156565145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156565141
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karl Augustus Menninger (July 22, 1893 - July 18, 1990), born in Topeka, Kansas, was an American psychiatrist and a member of the famous Menninger family of psychiatrists who founded the Menninger Foundation and the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas.

During his career, Menninger wrote a number of influential books. In his first book, The Human Mind, Menninger argued that psychiatry was a science and that the mentally ill were only slightly different than healthy individuals. In The Crime of Punishment, Menninger argued that crime was preventable through psychiatric treatment; punishment was a brutal and inefficient relic of the past. He advocated treating offenders like the mentally ill.

His subsequent books include The Vital Balance, Man Against Himself and Love Against Hate.


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This book will teach you how to do just that.
Anonymous
If you have never been satisfied with simple explanations of why people take their own lives than you will find this book so enlightening.
John P. Bolger
I have read this book a number of times over the last couple of years.
Michel Olson

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on March 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
This review is not a hoax: I read this book while in solitary confinement for assaulting another prisoner. It was my first exposure to analysis of self-destructive behavior and its damning cyclical pattern. I was a two-time loser. A career criminal who had followed the all too familiar progression from juvenile home, jail, to prison. This book change my life. After serving a decade and a half in prison, I am now at the top of my class in graduate school. It is never too late to pick up the pieces, but we must first learn what those pieces are and how and why they were smashed into pieces in the first place. This book will teach you how to do just that.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Angela Tomassetti on June 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Not exactly the place to start but for those interested in an easier read this is it. Karl Menninger is awfully Freudian but this becomes a bit of a page turner. Introspective, incredibly insightful and definitely worth the time and money. This is an essential for your collection. If you like this one you will love his "Love Against Hate" (but it may be out of print).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michel Olson on April 26, 2010
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I have read this book a number of times over the last couple of years. There is much to contemplate about our inner selves and interactions in the world. This book allows insight into the human soul. Don't read this book if you are looking for the way the brain works or how to understand others through the DSM. Bruno Bettelheim once wrote that Freud was misunderstood because in America the soul has no meaning and that when Freud wrote "human soul" translaters translated it in english to the "mind" or the "brain" because they did not think that americans could understand the concept. This is an essentially Freudian book with a strong sense of humanism. I would also recommend that anyone interested read Bettelheim's "Freud and Man's Soul".
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Menninger discusses suicide and other forms
of self-directed violence. Although
he
neatly categorizes motivations for suicide
(1. the wish to kill, 2. the wish to be killed
3. the wish to no longer exist),
he does not deny the complexity and
mystery of many of the extreme acts
used as examples. Whether or not
one agrees with his point of view,
the book provides well reasoned
opinions
and a calm look at a subject that
can
be too overwhelming to deal with
plainly.

The book is also fascinating from a historical
perspective. It contains a zillion
examples
of horrifying & bizarre self-destructive acts
that were collected
from national magazines & newspapers

several decades ago (e.g. 30's & 40's).

It's enough to make one think that the "talk
show" culture of today is not
something new
but just the pendulum swinging back to a place it's been before.<BR
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John P. Bolger on March 9, 2010
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If you have never been satisfied with simple explanations of why people take their own lives than you will find this book so enlightening. In a time when our ability to address the growing rate of suicide seems to be getting weaker and weaker, Menninger's work stands out as a time-tested hope. A must read if you are a Psych student, psych patient or have any connection to persons who have committed or considered suicide.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rita Blake on January 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
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I had heard of this book, Man Against Himself, through another book while researching tourrettes syndrome. I had tried to purchase from many stores, but it was unavailable. Then one of my kids bought it for me on Amazon Books and gave it to me for Mother's day. I was thrilled and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It was a great insight into why people do destructive things to themselves and put their lives at danger. Not just alcohol and drugs, it explained how living dangerously, playing dangerous sports and some other everyday things can also be self distucting behaviour.

I enjoyed reading it just before going to sleep. I highly recommend it for everyone. It is my favourite book of any that I've ever read, and I have read many.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on January 30, 2013
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For the lay reader, an indepth look at the "logic" of suicide. Not light reading. You may need to read and reread passages/sections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Saint Facetious on May 16, 2011
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Menninger writes an interesting study, using his own observations from his practice in psychology as well as journals and newspaper clippings, to illustrate many of the various ways which people undermine themselves in everything they do. Well written, interesting and easy enough to read for armchair psychologists like myself.
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