From “Perv” to “Suicidal”: A Conversation with Jesse Bering

Hosted by: David Prescott
Guest Speaker: Jesse Bering

Recorded On: September 8, 2022

Jesse Bering’s book, Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us, is among the most accessible and entertaining forays into human sexuality ever written. However, the nature of the material and how Bering came to study it are born of bittersweet experiences. His more recent book, Suicidal, is a comprehensive foray into a topic rarely discussed. While many texts on suicidality stop at screening measures and observation protocols, Bering’s book explores this topic deeply and personally, from the extant research to philosophical arguments of the past. It also highlights some of his most original research into children’s beliefs about the afterlife.

In this webinar Dr. Bering shares what he has learned in his journey toward understanding human sexuality and suicidality.

Jesse Bering
Professor and Head of Department in Science Communication, University of Otago  

Jesse Bering is an American psychologist, writer, and academic. He is Professor and Head of Department in Science Communication at the University of Otago in New Zealand. In addition to his academic research, Bering’s bylines have appeared in many popular outlets, including Scientific AmericanSlate, and The Guardian. He is presently writing a book on parapsychological science in the mid-twentieth century. 

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