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Alice Miller

The Untouched Key - Tracing Childhood Trauma in Creativity and Destructiveness

(German title: Der gemiedene Schlüssel)
ca. 192 pages
Paperback
1988
Alice Miller
Foto: Alice Miller
© Julika Miller

Alice Miller has been a psychotherapist and researcher in matters of the influence of childhood troubles on the adult for more than 20 years. In 1980 she decided to dedicate herself completely to writing in order to commit to her broad experience of the deeper meanings of childhood and share her knowledge of their decisive persistence in entire life with a larger public. Alice Miller died on April 14th, 2010 at the age of 87.

www.alice-miller.com

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As in her former books, Alice Miller again focusses on facts. She is as determined as ever to cut through the veil that, for thousands of years now, has been so meticulously woven to shroud the truth. And when she lifts that veil and brushes it aside, the results are astonishing, as is amply demonstrated by her analyses of the works of Nietzsche, Picasso, Kollwitz, Keaton and others. 

With the key shunned by so many for so long - childhood - she opens rusty looks and offers her readers a wealth of unexpected perspectives. What did Picasso express in »Guernica«? Why did Buster Keaton never smile? Why did Nietzsche heap so much opprobrium on women and religion, and lose his mind for eleven years? Why did Hitler and Stalin become tyrannical mass murderers? Alice Miller investigates these and other questions thoroughly in this book. She draws from her discoveries the conclusion that human beings are not »innately« destructive, that they are made that way by ignorance, abuse, and neglect, particularly if no sympathetic witness comes to their aid. She also shows why some mistreated children do not become criminals but instead bear witness as artists to the truth about their childhoods, even though in purely intuitive and unconscious ways.

It is Dr. Miller's goal to encourage these sympathetic witnesses, to lend them support, and to inform them about the worldwide and ignored plight of children, for she thinks that only by confronting the truth that has been avoided from time immemorial can human beings be saved from blind destruction and self-destruction. This discovery is eloquently illustrated in the last section of The Untouched Key, wherein the story of Abraham and Isaac and the story of »The Emperor's New Clothes« are retold to reveal their profound meaning. (book description from the English edition by Virago)

Other publications

Wege des Lebens/Paths of Life (2007)

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Dein gerettetes Leben/Free from Lies (2007)

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Die Revolte des Körpers/The Body Never Lies (2005)

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Evas Erwachen/Thruth Will Set You Free (2003)

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Abbruch der Schweigemauer/Breaking Down the Wall of Silence (2003)

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Das Drama des begabten Kindes und die Suche nach dem wahren Selbst/Drama of the Gifted Child (1997)

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Das verbannte Wissen/Banished Knowledge (1990)

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Bilder einer Kindheit/Pictures of a Childhood (1985)

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Du sollst nicht merken/Thou Shalt Not Be Aware (1983)

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Am Anfang war Erziehung/For Your Own Good (1983)

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