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Jesse Bering
Research Psychologist, University of Otago, New Zealand

is a research psychologist and director of the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago in New Zealand. His most recent book is Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves (2018). 

Written by Jesse Bering

Essay/
Childhood and adolescence
The telling

When a parent dies by suicide, how the children are told casts a permanent shadow on their understanding of life and loss

Jesse Bering

Essay/
Death
Life after death

The idea of life after death lives on in near-death experiences and messages from beyond the grave. What’s the evidence?

Jesse Bering

Essay/
Ethics
Perversions

Atheists and homosexuals were called perverts once. Why do we still see perversion where no harm is done?

Jesse Bering