2018 / University of Chicago Press


Why We Kill Ourselves

Combining cutting-edge scientific research with investigative journalism and first-person testimony, Bering seeks to provide a better understanding of the suicidal mind. He speculates as to why we are the only species on earth that deliberately ends its own life and analyzes the journals and notes left behind by suicides for clues about why humans end it all. His penetrating analysis aims to demystify a subject that simultaneously attracts and repulses. Suicidal is guaranteed to jump-start a new conversation about a perennial problem that knows no cultural or demographic boundaries.

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2014 / Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux


The Sexual Deviant in All of Us

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.

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2012 / Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?

And Other Reflections on Being Human

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.

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2011 / W.W. Norton & Company

The Belief Instinct

The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life

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.


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