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Free from Lies: Discovering Your True Needs

Free from Lies: Discovering Your True Needs [Kindle Edition]

Alice Miller , Andrew Jenkins
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Free from Lies is a clarion call from one of the great psychological minds of our time. --Stephen Kamsi, Saybrook Graduate School, San Francisco"

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“[Alice Miller] illuminates the dark corners of child abuse as few other scholars have done.”—Jordan Riak,

Since the landmark publication of The Drama of the Gifted Child, no one has been more influential than Alice Miller in empowering adults whose lives were maimed emotionally and physically as children. Now Dr. Miller goes even further, presenting groundbreaking theories that enhance communication between therapist and patient and enable the adult to express powerful emotions that have been trapped for years. Practical and perceptive, Miller’s work explains what we can expect from therapy, how we can identify the causes of our own pain, and why subconscious pain, unaddressed for decades, manifests itself later as depression, self-mutilation, primal inadequacy, and chronic loneliness. With its responses to readers’ letters and powerful stories, Free from Lies is the culmination of a life devoted to healing others.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 352 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0393069133
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (28 Jun 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002Y5KU72
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #386,380 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars no new ground here but .... 24 Jan 2010
By minty
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i find my self in some agreement with previous reviewer - that there is nothing new here.
i am a great fan of alice miller, but i also find some of her views intransigent. this book develops none of her earlier work.

however, i do also disagree with previous reviewer in one respect. Alice Miller did dis-own Stettbacher and reversed her original support for his work. However, I think because of her actual experience she was able to analyse what was wrong with his approach. I think her view was that "regression" therapy without full understanding and support in a proper dialogue can be dangerous - and i agree with her on that. "Its a wise person who changes his/her mind".
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Familiar material from Alice Miller's website 24 Nov 2009
Alice Miller is a proselytizer for psychotherapy. Without that aspect, her books would be brilliant. Readers are likely to have great difficulty locating a therapist who matches Miller's ideal of an 'Enlightened Witness'. Those who are new to her work may not even be aware of the J.Konrad Stettbacher saga in which Miller effusively recommended his self-help method to her readers only to reject it totally just a few years later (all mention of Stettbacher has been eradicated from current editions of her books). In another change of mind, one chapter from "Paths of Life" has been deleted from the latest edition. Originally subtitled 'Seven Scenarios', the book was billed as fictional stories illustrating various themes. It is now subtitled 'Six Case Histories'. The new Afterword claims the missing chapter was a 'case history' from the start.

In her early books Alice Miller was breaking new ground. In her most recent books she has been going over the same ground again and again. It's as if she knows she has a loyal following of disciples who will buy any book she writes, come what may. "Free From Lies" presents familiar themes from Miller's earlier writings. Part III of "Free From Lies" recycles articles which are available on her website (chapter 15 is based on the readers' letters section). Part IV draws from interview transcripts which also appear on her website. And already there is another book built up from the archive of readers' letters on her website - "From Rage to Courage" (Norton, 2009).
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Alice Miller's books give us a very good insight about our reasons in our behaviour patterns, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to have a better insight to our inner world and why we have certain pattern. would recommend for self help or professionals or parents alike
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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a self-help book 12 Aug 2009
By Nico1908 - Published on
This was the first book by Alice Miller I've ever read and I found it interesting, although according to her very broad definition, most, if not all of us are the victims of physical/emotional/psychological childhood abuse of some sort or other - it definitely made me view my own childhood in a new light.

Unfortunately, about half the book consist of her responses to letters or e-mails she has received, a transcript of a lengthy interview, and what appears to be an autobiographical letter to her daughter and her own mother. - The author had my full attention for the first half of the book but she lost me in the second part.

To sum it up: If you are looking for a "ten steps" kind of book, this is not it. "Free From Lies" will give you an overview of Ms. Miller's views on how deeply childhood abuse affects us as adults. It will encourage you to seek an "empathic therapist" rather than a therapist who confirms the patient's deep-seated conviction that somehow the treatment she/he received from her parents as a child was normal or her/his fault or even deserved. The book will also give you some basic tips as to how to find a suitable therapist.

Save your money and get it from the local library!
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful survey 16 Sep 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
FREE FROM LIES: DISCOVERING YOUR TRUE NEEDS is from any who denied that they suffered physical and emotional abuse as children. Former victims can heal by discovering and acknowledging their true history instead of denying it - and this explains why a therapist should become a witness to the survivor of such cruelty rather than the usual neutral therapeutic role. A powerful survey, this is a pick for any general or health lending library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alice Miller 13 Oct 2009
By Jenny - Published on
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Childhood, the base for the rest of our lives... why as parents would we ever choose to make it a cruel base?

It is time to wake up, stop repeating what was done to us, discover new loving ways to treat our children, admit our parents did it wrong and not feel the need in the very same breath to excuse that.

We all have choices in life, we do not have to spank/beat our kids just because it was done to us. We can think for ourselves and realize that hitting a child can NeVeR be right or justified. Alice Miller suggests we think of a giant coming over to us and hitting us over and over... How would you feel? Scared, petrified, humiliated? Yes, all of these things plus more unwanted feelings. Talking and teaching with kindness is so much better in every way. Wouldn't it be great to live in a world where all the people were brought up with love, hugs and kisses, and kindness and when that person did something that was perceived as wrong, that instead of punishment and spanking, got a gentle explanation. The prisons would be empty.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opening 23 Oct 2009
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I found this book very helpful in seeing through the lies I grew up with and working toward overcoming them and making my life my own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Free From Lies 30 Aug 2009
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I know the value of this writer's material (Alice Miller) - she did not disappoint. All her books, including this one, are excellent tools for identifying those vague uncomfortable feelings that become emotional blocks.
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