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Alice Miller

For Your Own Good - Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence

(German title: Am Anfang war Erziehung)
ca. 322 pages
Paperback
1983
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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For Your Own Good, the contemporary classic exploring the serious if not gravely dangerous consequences parental cruelty can bring to bear on children everywhere, is one of the central works by Alice Miller, the celebrated Swiss psychoanalyst.

With her typically lucid, strong, and poetic language, Miller investigates the personal stories and case histories of various self-destructive and/or violent individuals to expand on her theories about the long-term affects of abusive child-rearing. Her conclusions – on what sort of parenting can create a drug addict, or a murderer, or a Hitler – offer much insight, and make a good deal of sense, while also straying far from psychoanalytic dogma about human nature, which Miller vehemently rejects.

This important study paints a shocking picture of the violent world – indeed, of the ever-more-violent world – that each generation helps to create when traditional upbringing, with its hidden cruelty, is perpetuated. The book also presents readers with useful solutions in this regard – namely, to resensitize the victimized child who has been trapped within the adult, and to unlock the emotional life that has been frozen in repression. (book description from the English edition by FSG)

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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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Der gemiedene Schlüssel/ The Untouched Key (1988)

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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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