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Fatal Attachments


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Preface Fatal Attachments: Love Betrayed Instigators: From the Hellespont to Seattle Terrorized Children: From Innocence to Instigator Passive Instigators: Walking By on the Other Side Passive Instigators II: But I Was Doing the Best I Could Ambivalence and Instigators: He Loves Me; She Loves Me Not Self-Attached Instigators: The Jilted Lover Passive Instigators III: On Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth Provocateur Instigators: You Know What You Need to Do Heroic Provocateurs: Riddles and Rhymes, Music and Massacre The Internal Instigator Death in the Soul The Internal Instigator II: Double and Triple Tragedies Cult Instigators Instigation Foiled: Getting Out Alive Loving Attachment to Life Bibliography

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An unprecedented work revealing in detail the types of instigators who-passively or actively-provoke people to commit suicide.

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Viola Mecke is a clinical psychologist with more than 40 years experience in private practice and teaching.


.,."[P]resents a compelling discussion of the human context of suicide, enriched by examples from case histories, modern literature and mythology. She shows us that suicide is not an isolated individual act; it reflects a failure of relationships and is often instigated by a significant person in the suicidal person's life. This book has much to offer the general reader and it will give clinicians a new understanding of suicide and its interpersonal antecedents."-Mary Ann Norfleet, Emerita Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University
"[Mecke's] daring hypothesis is that...suicide is often caused, created, fostered, exacerbated by an active instigator upon a subtly designated scapegoat. This instigator has a freighted psychodynamic history of his own relating to death. Viola Mecke's careful spelling out of this drama is scholarly and fascinating, calling as she has done on both extensive case histories and classical mythology."-Edwin S. Shneidman, Founder, American Association of Suicidology Professor of Thanatology Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles
"Viola Mecke has developed a dynamic theory of suicide that should be read by every psychotherapist who works with depressed patients and every person who has a severly depressed relative or friend."-Jerry H. Clark, Formerly Chair, National Association for the Advancement of Psychology

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