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A Very Human Ending - How Suicide Haunts Our Species (Paperback): Jesse Bering A Very Human Ending - How Suicide Haunts Our Species (Paperback)
Jesse Bering 1
R215 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R46 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

'I have yet to come away from reading [Bering's] work and not feel considerably better informed than I was minutes before' (Forbes)

This penetrating analysis aims to demystify a subject that knows no cultural or demographic boundaries.

Why do people want to kill themselves?

Despite the prevalence of suicide in the developed world, it's a question most of us fail to ask. On hearing news of a suicide we are devastated, but overwhelmingly we feel disbelief.

In A Very Human Ending, research psychologist Jesse Bering lifts the lid on this taboo subject, examining the suicidal mindset from the inside out to reveal the subtle tricks the mind can play when we're easy emotional prey. In raising challenging questions Bering tests our contradictory superstitions about the act itself.

Combining cutting-edge research with investigative journalism and first-person testimony, Bering also addresses the history of suicide and its evolutionary inheritance to offer a personal, accessible, yet scientifically sound examination of why we are the only species on earth that deliberately ends its own life.

A Very Human Ending - How suicide haunts our species (Paperback): Jesse Bering A Very Human Ending - How suicide haunts our species (Paperback)
Jesse Bering 1
R320 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R68 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

We are the only species on the face of the planet that deliberately ends its own life. More often than not, it is negative social evaluations - real or imagined - that drive us to it. But what is it about the human brain that means that we may not only entertain suicidal thoughts but, in some cases, actually act upon them? Combining cutting-edge scientific research with investigative journalism, psychologist Jesse Bering takes a long hard look at the human fascination with self-slaughter. From the sprawling woods of Aokigahara, better known as the Japanese 'suicide forest' that lies in the shadow of Mount Fuji, to a parasitology lab in New Zealand where researchers are studying how invisible organisms hijack the brains of their rodent hosts and steer them in the path of hungry cats, we go on a sobering search for the scientific bases of suicide. In dealing with a volatile subject that simultaneously attracts and repulses, This Fatal Game is guaranteed to jump-start a new conversation about a perennial problem that knows no cultural or demographic boundaries.

Suicidal - Why We Kill Ourselves (Hardcover): Jesse Bering Suicidal - Why We Kill Ourselves (Hardcover)
Jesse Bering
R531 R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Save R112 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

For much of his thirties, Jesse Bering thought he was probably going to kill himself. He was a successful psychologist and writer, with books to his name and bylines in major magazines. But none of that mattered. The impulse to take his own life remained. At times it felt all but inescapable. Bering survived. And in addition to relief, the fading of his suicidal thoughts brought curiosity. Where had they come from? Would they return? Is the suicidal impulse found in other animals? Or is our vulnerability to suicide a uniquely human evolutionary development? In Suicidal, Bering answers all these questions and more, taking us through the science and psychology of suicide, revealing its cognitive secrets and the subtle tricks our minds play on us when we're easy emotional prey. Scientific studies, personal stories, and remarkable cross-species comparisons come together to help readers critically analyze their own doomsday thoughts while gaining broad insight into a problem that, tragically, will most likely touch all of us at some point in our lives. But while the subject is certainly a heavy one, Bering's touch is light. Having been through this himself, he knows that sometimes the most effective response to our darkest moments is a gentle humor, one that, while not denying the seriousness of suffering, at the same time acknowledges our complicated, flawed, and yet precious existence. Authoritative, accessible, personal, profound--there's never been a book on suicide like this. It will help you understand yourself and your loved ones, and it will change the way you think about this most vexing of human problems.

Why is the Penis Shaped Like That? - And Other Reflections on Being Human (Paperback): Jesse Bering Why is the Penis Shaped Like That? - And Other Reflections on Being Human (Paperback)
Jesse Bering
R307 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R21 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Why do testicles hang the way they do? Is there an adaptive function to the female orgasm? What does it feel like to want to kill yourself? Does "free will" really exist? And why is the penis shaped like that anyway?
In "Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?," the research psychologist and award-winning columnist Jesse Bering features more than thirty of his most popular essays from "Scientific American "and "Slate," as well as two new pieces, that take readers on a bold and captivating journey through some of the most taboo issues related to evolution and human behavior. Exploring the history of cannibalism, the neurology of people who are sexually attracted to animals, the evolution of human body fluids, the science of homosexuality, and serious questions about life and death, Bering astutely covers a generous expanse of our kaleidoscope of quirks and origins.
With his characteristic irreverence and trademark cheekiness, Bering leaves no topic unturned or curiosity unexamined, and he does it all with an audaciously original voice. Whether you're interested in the psychological history behind the many facets of sexual desire or the evolutionary patterns that have dictated our current mystique and phallic physique, "Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? "is bound to create lively discussion and debate for years to come.

A Very Human Ending - How suicide haunts our species (Hardcover): Jesse Bering A Very Human Ending - How suicide haunts our species (Hardcover)
Jesse Bering
R396 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R71 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

'This book touches on some deep questions relevant to us all... A fascinating, thoughtful, unflinching meditation on one of the most intriguing and curious aspects of the human condition.' - Dr Frank Tallis Why do people want to kill themselves? Despite the prevalence of suicide in the developed world, it's a question most of us fail to ask. On hearing news of a suicide we are devastated, but overwhelmingly we feel disbelief. In A Very Human Ending, research psychologist Jesse Bering lifts the lid on this taboo subject, examining the suicidal mindset from the inside out to reveal the subtle tricks the mind can play when we're easy emotional prey. In raising challenging questions Bering tests our contradictory superstitions about the act itself. Combining cutting-edge research with investigative journalism and first-person testimony, Bering also addresses the history of suicide and its evolutionary inheritance to offer a personal, accessible, yet scientifically sound examination of why we are the only species on earth that deliberately ends its own life. This penetrating analysis aims to demystify a subject that knows no cultural or demographic boundaries.

Perv - The Sexual Deviant in All of Us (Paperback): Jesse Bering Perv - The Sexual Deviant in All of Us (Paperback)
Jesse Bering
R305 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R57 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"As a sex writer, Jesse Bering is fearless--and peerless." --Dan Savage
"You are a sexual deviant. A pervert, through and through." We may not want to admit it, but as the award-winning columnist and psychologist Jesse Bering reveals in "Perv," there is a spectrum of perversion along which we all sit. Whether it's voyeurism, exhibitionism, or your run-of-the-mill foot fetish, we "all" possess a suite of sexual tastes as unique as our fingerprints--and as secret as the rest of the skeletons we've hidden in our closets.
Combining cutting-edge studies and critiques of landmark research and conclusions drawn by Sigmund Freud, Alfred Kinsey, and the "DSM-5," Bering pulls the curtain back on paraphilias, arguing that sexual deviance is commonplace. He explores the countless fetishists of the world, including people who wear a respectable suit during the day and handcuff a willing sexual partner at night. But he also takes us into the lives of "erotic outliers," such as a woman who falls madly in love with the Eiffel Tower; a pair of "deeply "affectionate identical twins; those with a particular penchant for statues; and others who are enamored of crevices "not "found on the human body.
Moving from science to politics, psychology, history, and his own reflections on growing up gay in America, Bering confronts hypocrisy, prejudice, and harm as they relate to sexuality on a global scale. Humanizing so-called deviants while at the same time asking serious questions about the differences between thought and action, he presents us with a challenge: to understand that our best hope of solving some of the most troubling problems of our age hinges entirely on the "amoral "study of sex.
As kinky as it is compassionate, illuminating, and engrossing, "Perv "is an irresistible and deeply personal book. "I can't promise you an orgasm at the end of our adventure," Bering writes, "but I "can" promise you a better understanding of why you get the ones you do."

The Belief Instinct - The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life (Paperback): Jesse Bering The Belief Instinct - The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life (Paperback)
Jesse Bering
R319 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R61 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Lively and brilliantly argued, The Belief Instinct explains the psychology behind belief. Drawing on surprising new studies as well as on literature, philosophy, and even pop culture, The Belief Instinct will reward readers with an enlightened understanding of belief as well as the tools to break free of it."

Perv (Paperback): Jesse Bering Perv (Paperback)
Jesse Bering
R320 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R68 (21%) Special order

In this eye-opening book, psychologist Jesse Bering argues that we are all sexual deviants on one level or another. He introduces us to the young woman who falls madly in love with the Eiffel Tower, a young man addicted to seductive sneezes, and a pair of deeply affectionate identical twins, among others. He challenges us to move beyond our attitudes towards 'deviant' sex and consider the alternative: what would happen if we rise above our fears and revulsions and accept our true natures? With his signature wit and irreverent style, Bering pulls back the curtains on the history of perversions, the biological reasons behind our distaste for unusual sexual proclivities and the latest research on desire. Armed with reason, science and an insatiable appetite for knowledge, he humanises deviants while asking some provocative questions about the nature of hypocrisy, prejudice and when sexual desire can lead to harm. A groundbreaking look at our complex relationship with our carnal urges and the ways in which we disguise, deny and shame the sexual deviant in all of us, Perv brings hidden desires into the spotlight.

Suicidal - Why We Kill Ourselves (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Jesse Bering Suicidal - Why We Kill Ourselves (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Jesse Bering; Narrated by Joe Hempel
R696 R531 Discovery Miles 5 310 Save R165 (24%) Special order
Suicidal - Why We Kill Ourselves (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition): Jesse Bering Suicidal - Why We Kill Ourselves (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Jesse Bering; Narrated by Joe Hempel
R457 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R99 (22%) Special order
The God Instinct - The Psychology of Souls, Destiny and the Meaning of Life (Paperback, Export ed): Jesse Bering The God Instinct - The Psychology of Souls, Destiny and the Meaning of Life (Paperback, Export ed)
Jesse Bering
R748 R573 Discovery Miles 5 730 Save R175 (23%) Special order

This is a super-lead title to be supported with marketing spend. Contentious subject matter guarantees widespread publicity. This is an intelligent response to anti-God Dawkins debate. This is a new perspective on this incendiary issue. It comes from a popular, well-respected scientist and psychologist based in the UK, and from an award-winning columnist. There will be a comprehensive PR campaign to follow. Does god really exist or is he just a way of thinking? Is there really a God who cares about you? Is there really a special reason that you are here? Will your soul live on after you die? Or, alternatively, are God, souls and destiny simply a set of seductive cognitive illusions, one that can be accounted for by the unusual evolution of the human brain? "The God Instinct" explores how people's everyday thoughts, behaviours and emotions betray an innate tendency to reason as though God were deeply invested in their public lives and secret affairs. In this entertaining and thought-provoking book, Jesse Bering unravels the evolutionary mystery of why we grapple for meaning, purpose and destiny in life. He argues that God is not merely an idea to be entertained or discarded based on the evidence. Nor is God a cultural invention, an existential band-aid, an opiate of the masses. Instead, Bering proposes, God is a way of thinking - one that evolved through our ancestors, millions of years ago, to keep us in check and give us the edge on our competitors. While a belief in higher forces may seem ridiculous to some, "The God Instinct" shows that it is hardwired into our genetic make-up, and carries with it massive evolutionary benefits.

Perv (Paperback): Jesse Bering Perv (Paperback)
Jesse Bering 1
R215 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R46 (21%) Special order

In this eye-opening book, psychologist Jesse Bering argues that we are all sexual deviants on one level or another. He introduces us to the young woman who falls madly in love with the Eiffel Tower, a young man addicted to seductive sneezes, and a pair of deeply affectionate identical twins, among others. He challenges us to move beyond our attitudes towards `deviant' sex and consider the alternative: what would happen if we rise above our fears and revulsions and accept our true natures? With his signature wit and irreverent style, Bering pulls back the curtains on the history of perversions, the biological reasons behind our distaste for unusual sexual proclivities and the latest research on desire. Armed with reason, science and an insatiable appetite for knowledge, he humanises deviants while asking some provocative questions about the nature of hypocrisy, prejudice and when sexual desire can lead to harm. A groundbreaking look at our complex relationship with our carnal urges and the ways in which we disguise, deny and shame the sexual deviant in all of us, Perv brings hidden desires into the spotlight.

Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? - And Other Reflections on Being Human (Standard format, CD): Jesse Bering Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? - And Other Reflections on Being Human (Standard format, CD)
Jesse Bering; Read by Jesse Bering
R636 R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Save R75 (12%) Special order

Why do testicles hang the way they do? Is there an adaptive function to the female orgasm? What does it feel like to want to kill yourself? Does "free will" really exist? And why is the penis shaped like that anyway?
In "Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?," the research psychologist and award-winning columnist Jesse Bering features more than thirty of his most popular essays from "Scientific American "and "Slate," as well as two new pieces, that take readers on a bold and captivating journey through some of the most taboo issues related to evolution and human behavior. Exploring the history of cannibalism, the neurology of people who are sexually attracted to animals, the evolution of human body fluids, the science of homosexuality, and serious questions about life and death, Bering astutely covers a generous expanse of our kaleidoscope of quirks and origins.
With his characteristic irreverence and trademark cheekiness, Bering leaves no topic unturned or curiosity unexamined, and he does it all with an audaciously original voice. Whether you're interested in the psychological history behind the many facets of sexual desire or the evolutionary patterns that have dictated our current mystique and phallic physique, "Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? "is bound to create lively discussion and debate for years to come.

Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? (Paperback): Jesse Bering Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? (Paperback)
Jesse Bering 1
R195 R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Save R41 (21%) Special order

Why do testicles hang the way they do? Is there an adaptive function to the female orgasm? What does it feel like to want to kill yourself? Does `free will' really exist? And why is the penis shaped like that anyway? Research psychologist and award-winning columnist Jesse Bering takes readers on a bold and captivating journey through some of the most taboo issues related to evolution and human behaviour. Exploring the history of cannibalism, the neurology of people who are sexually attracted to animals, the evolution of human body fluids, the science of homosexuality and serious questions about life and death, Bering boldly goes where no science writer has gone before. With his characteristic irreverence and trademark cheekiness, Bering leaves no topic unturned or curiosity unexamined, and he does it all with an audaciously original voice. Whether you're interested in the psychological history behind the many facets of sexual desire or the evolutionary patterns that have dictated our current phallic physique, Why Is The Penis Shaped Like That? is bound to create lively discussion and debate for years to come.

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