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Breaking Down The Wall Of Silence: To Join the Waiting Child [Paperback]

Alice Miller , Simon Worrall

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6 Nov 1997
Alice Miller has achieved recognition for her revolutionary work on the causes and effects of child abuse - here she works towards demolishing the wall of silence which surrounds the sufferings of early childhood as they affect everyday life, politics, the media, psychiatry and psychotherapy. An infant's trust and dependency on its parents, its longing to be loved and be able to love in return, are boundless. To exploit this dependency, to confuse a child's longings and abuse its trust by pretending that this is somehow good for it, Alice Miller condemns as a criminal act, committed time and again out of ignorance and the refusal to change. The essential first stage in this healing process is feeling the truth of our experience. Only this, Alice Miller writes, can enable us to recognise childhood events and resolve their consequences so that we can lead a conscious, responsible life. If we know and feel what happened to us then, we will never wish to harm ourselves or others now.

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Every parent should read her (EDNA O'BRIEN)

Alice Miller changed the way I think about my own life (SARA PARETSKY)

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Alice Miller lives in France. For 20 or so years she taught and practised psychoanalysis. Now, she questions the validity of its theories. In 1988 she resigned from the International Psychoanalytical Association and, in 1995, revised her bestselling THE DRAMA OF BEING A CHILD.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything Alice Miller writes is priceless! 10 May 1999
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And I do not say such things lightly. As a survivor of childhood abuse her books have helped me understand myself so much and helped me heal myself and be my OWN compassionate witness. I think her books should be required reading in junior high schools so that these young adults will learn they DO NOT have to repeat the mistakes of the adults around them if they ever have children themselves and also help them realize just how much damage has been done to them (if any) in the name of a 'proper upbringing' or out and out abuse.
These books are not easy reading especially if you have been abused yourself but they are WORTH IT! Alice Miller's books have helped me make myself a better and *healthier* person.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth is painful and healing 6 July 2004
By MARY ANN AMADORA, MSCP - Published on Amazon.com
Never before have I read words that were so profound. Dr. Miller is the bravest and most courageous person since Dr.Seigmond Freud. He too, had been rebuked by all his medical peers, yet he had the answer dead correct. Women who had experienced sexual hysteria as young adults had been indeed sexually violated as a children.
Dr. Alice Miller has indeed shed new light to where evil and abuse is created. We are still in the Dark Ages of how truly one is effected by pain, abandonment, neglect, threats, ritualistic beatings, isolation, spankings, intimidating looks, witnessing abuse and horror,lost, frightened, screams not answered, not comforted and so on as a newborn and throughout his formative years.
The irony is, we as a society will not and can not take responsibility of our own creation of evil and hatred due to ignorance, arrogance and denial.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LASER BEAM FOCUS ON THE TRUTH 28 Feb 2012
By G. Charles Steiner - Published on Amazon.com
I really liked this book when I first read it in 1991. It is much more forceful than "Banished Knowledge." This work is absolutely exhilarating and invigorating to read. Never has truth seemed so familiar and plain, and with such potential for pervasive potency in everyone's lives. Alice Miller (although now deceased) is ripe and right here: repression of the awareness that our parents hurt us, neglected us, did not respect or honor us is the cause for almost all psychic illness, neuroticism, self-destruction, and even world-destructiveness.

That being said, I still don't get what Alice Miller saw in Stettbacher as being so specially wonderful, about his techniques in particular. In America, what the European Stettbacher recommends in his writings is what the average and eclectic psychotherapist practices each and every day with his or her patients.

Nonetheless, I love that Alice Miller nails Freud, Jung and Kohut in this work for being unable themselves to penetrate into their own abuses in childhood. These men comprise one less disguised "helper" to have to fight with, be wary of, or even listen to.

This book is well-written, passionate, and is possessed of a laser-beam focus on abuse and the truth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Her best book 2 Oct 2001
By Raina26 - Published on Amazon.com
I recommend this book to anyone that hasn't read Alice Miller. I think this is her best, most accessible, most on target books to date. She writes from personal experience not just theory and her 'training" and it is compelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars alice miller is to be commended for her never-ending work 28 Sep 1998
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Dr. Alice Miller is to be commended for her never-ending work, and delving, into the deep, dark, limitless oceans of the un-worked through human mind, the last, and Ignored, Frontier. Her courage in facing the Truth and revealing it, ONLY to the WILLING reader, is to be genuinely admired. This Society owes her a great debt in her courage in facing her own personal truth and revealing the DEVASTATING FACTS about children in the hands of merciless, conscienceless, violent, justifying "adults". The reason this society appears such a mess is because of the very adults this WONDERFUL writer describes, as they raise the children we will face as adults, in our daily lives. If every parent on Earth were as conscious, honest, courageous and kind as Dr. Alice Miller, this planet would be The Paradise we all Pray for.
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