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The Body Never Lies: The Lingering Effects of Cruel Parenting Hardcover – 17 Jun 2005


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.; First Edition edition (17 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393060659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393060652
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 0.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Alice Miller's arguments are lucid, closely reasoned, and utterly convincing." -- Elaine Kendall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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ALICE MILLER, the Swiss psychoanalyst, is the author of such classic works as The Drama of the Gifted Child and Prisoners of Childhood. She lives in Switzerland. Author Website: www alice-miller.com

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FREQUENTLY, PHYSICAL ILLNESSES are the body's response to permanent disregard of its vital functions. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 May 2012
Format: Paperback
An easily understood book but perhaps not a widely read book. This sums up the ideas that Reich, Gross, Adler, Stekel and Laing looked upon. The violence enacted within childhood becomes locked within the body and thereby festers.

This negative energy either becomes sublimated and later emerges as an illness or is expressed in anger and violence. In this way it repeats the revenge cycle.

Alice Miller reveals all with vignettes and case histories drawn from literature, newspaper articles along with a reflection upon herself and her previous work. Easily digestible but harder for many to take on board, as it entails returning to experiences that will have been shutdown, erased, forgotten or sublimated..

Alice Miller takes on the hoary old chestnut - why does everyone who has been sexually abused not turn into Ed Gein, Ted Bundy or Myra Hindley?

It is because someone rescues them upon a life path, the childhood is never determined but the choices become severely curtailed - unless someone is rescued by an emotional lifeguard. If not, the drift into making those choices to reenact the violence reoccur, for a number of rationales. This perspective gets up the nose of the neo-eugenicists who want to boil humans down to their genetic key. They are the new hip-priests, filled with religious fervor fueled by their desire to discover "original sin."

So the academic world just stares scratches its head and searches for the psychopath gene, it does not have anything else to offer apart from mechanical reductionism, because it fails to understand a life body. When all the time human behaviour is encoded within the daily interactions they seem incapable of reflecting upon.

Alice Miller provides the infrastructure to see the world from a different perspective; the correct one. Do not waste your time on the ersatz psychology courses which abound as Ponzi Schemes.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By C'est Moi on 18 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I found this to be an excellent source of information and guidance helping me to make sense of and validate my feelings. Together with some of the other books I have read on this subject such as Toxic Parents, which I also highly recommend, these books have opened up a whole new perspective in my life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Counsellor on 3 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
Alice Miller writes persuasively about the lasting effects of various kinds of child abuse on the body.
Perhaps counselling will prove to be more effective than medication for these disorders.Hopefully more research will be done into this.The book certainly proved to be an interesting and informative read.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By #James Patrick on 5 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Superb book, her insights are set out simply and with many examples. Whilst I find it hard to accept all of the book's premises it certainly makes very good sense. Should be mandatory reading for all writers/artists teachers and parents.
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