Psychache and suicide ideation among men who are homeless: a test of Shneidman’s model.

Suicide ideation among the homeless is 10 times more common than in the general population. Cognitive theories of depression and hopelessness propose to explain suicidality; however, as yet, none of these fully account for the phenomenon. Shneidman has suggested a theory of psychache or unbearable psychological pain to explain suicidality. This theory has found support[…]

Testing Shneidman’s Theory of Suicide: Psychache as a Prospective Predictor of Suicidality and Comparison With Hopelessness

Two studies are presented in this thesis that test Shneidman’s theory, & compare the influence of psychache on suicidality relative to that of hopelessness. In the first study, a causal hypothesis was examined using a longitudinal design. 558 undergraduates completed measures of psychache, hopelessness, & suicide ideation at 2 time points 4 months apart. Results[…]

Cognition and Suicide: Theory, Research, and Therapy

The chapters in this edited book cover theory, research, & clinical applications of cognitive therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, voice therapy, & constructivism. The book also explores the cognitive aspects of suicidality, such as overgeneral memory, body-mind connection, perfectionism, problem solving deficits, & the ameliorating effects positive cognitions have. Finally, it examines[…]

Preventing Self-Harm in Prison: the Role of Prison Officers

Published in “Back to the Future: Refocusing the Image of Suicide,” ed. by J L McIntosh

Book Review-The Suicidal Mind by E S Shneidman


Toward a Phenomenological Understanding of Suicide

The authors summarize a study using Shneidman’s articulation of the 10 suicide commonalities & his description of the theoretical cubic model of suicide for understanding the reconstructed narrative of a suicidal individual as she moved toward making a suicide attempt. To better understand the relationship between the commonalities & the cubic model, the authors focus[…]

Suicide Types: Theories of Suicide (IN: Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying, vol.2: L-Z, ed. by R Kastenbaum)

The author provides a history of theoretical approaches to explaining suicide, beginning with the seminal theories of Freud & Durkheim, & then turning to more recent theories developed by suicidologists in order to account for individual suicides as well as the suicide rates within a society. (14 refs)

Mental Pain and its Relationship to Suicidality and Life Meaning


Psychache and Suicidality in Adult Mood Disordered Outpatients in Brazil


Mental Pain: Conceptualization and Clinical Aspects

Published in “Suicide Risk & Protective Factors in the New Millennium,” ed. by O T Grad