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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2007
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2011
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2009
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2015
Good book other than Im not sure that 'Not' forgiving our parents in the long run is a good thing IMO
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on 15 September 2014
Wonderfully astute and courageous book by a brilliant therapist. This book should be read widely.
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on 6 January 2015
An interesting and thought-provoking read. Product in good condition
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on 29 January 2015
brilliant great book
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2013
This is a well written book but I believe the author has a bias because of her own poor parenting background. The slant and literary presentation is quite clinical and scientific, but at the same time it transpire that her own experiences as a child were quite horrific and all the cases she brings up for examination and analysis were all extreme cases of terrible parents (bloody beatings, sexual abuse etc). To me, it is quite obvious that this kind of pathological treatment will lead to pschosomatic illness and mental imbalance - it couldn't be any other way - to my mind. But perhaps I am a child of my times and when the book was written these things were less obvious.
I was looking for sometime more subtle, but this was not what it was. It seemed more like a personal biography of cruel (unspeakable) violence on vulnerable children, but there were no insights (for me).
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2010
This book was recommended to me. I however found it quite disturbing. Although I could relate to the points made and I'm sure that there is validity in her arguments, I did not always agree with the author and found it unsettling. Worth reading if you are interested in the damaging effects of poor parenting.
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