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Banished Knowledge: Facing Childhood Injuries Paperback – 6 Nov 1997


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New edition edition (6 Nov 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853811548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860493485
  • ASIN: 1860493483
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.2 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every parent should read her (EDNA O'BRIEN)

Alice Miller's finest, most forthright work to date. It is a book of rare wisdom, written with the clarity and simplicity that wisdom, as opposed to mere cleverness, possesses (COLIN CHALMERS, SCOTTISH CHILD)

About the Author

For more 20 years Alice Miller taught and practised psychoanalysis but now questions its validity; In 1988 she left the International Psychoanalytical Association and has earned international recognition for her work on child abuse, violence towards children and its cost to society.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Nov 2010
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An easy to read book investigating how psychotherapy through its reliance on Freud's Drive Theory has created a template to justify certain forms of child abuse. Undertaken through positing child sexuality as innate and therefore needing to be tamed, rather than something externally stimulated by powerful others and the person then chastised for their behaviour. Alice looks at religion and Freud as two of the main philosophical backdrops to justify adult violence towards children, providing insights into how ideas have become engrained within society in the micro actions of discipline and command.

Initially I thought she may have overdone the analogies. This was on the first reading. Then returning back after recently attending conference I understood Alice was so far in advance of the pack few have comprehended the rationale of care. The themes in the book are more than pertinent. Real life played out exactly the same as she detailed in this book, when links were made between family dynamics and substance use.

Is drug use a form of self medication for trauma or part of an unfolding genetic script? If it is the former then vast training programmes need to be undertaken. If it is the latter then it requires mass surgery.

No need for any great research into why the UK drug strategy has unremitingly failed. The philosophies comissioned and delivered by the Whitehall bureaucrats are contradictory, essentially ensuring clients are told to keep their personal histories quiet and accept "treatment."

For understanding this debate read this book. It can easily be transposed from one "care" sector to another. It is easy to read with numerous examples drawn from literature, psychology, history, sociology and cultural studies. The only critique is that the references could have been incorporated to make it easier to follow up further debates.

Apart from this gripe this is part of the stimulating life affirming Alice Miller cannon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kate carty on 11 Nov 2013
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I like Alice Millers honest and direct approach to childhood trauma and experiences, and the damaging impact they have on our vulnerable psyche.
She helps you accept your experience,understand what happened and why, then facilitate grieving and healing.
Use of her own experiences and those of her patients is helpful.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen on 5 Mar 2011
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If you like an inquiring read, that challenges and rewards in equal measure, look no further than Alice Miller's books.
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