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Reading this book is a therapeutic encounter with one's own life's story. Dr. Alice Miller, author of such world-renowned books as the Drama of the Gifted Child and The Truth Will Set You Free, has devoted her life to empowering people who have severe symptoms from denying that they suffered physical and emotional abuse as children. Here, in Free from Lies, she tackles unc ...more
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Published June 29th 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 2007)
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Elevate Difference
Jul 25, 2009 Elevate Difference rated it really liked it
In her latest study, Free From Lies, famed psychologist Alice Miller examines the way child abuse shapes the psyche and the effect it can have on humanity. While the human brain has an incredible ability to normalize traumatic events, Miller argues that abuses suffered in childhood can never truly be repressed. It appears as though humanity is suffering from a collective amnesia regarding the wrongs we suffered in infancy. These wrongs, according to Miller, will manifest themselves later in life ...more
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Not the usual fair for a "favorite books" list, but Alice Miller was recommended to me by my psychiatrist. It's a book about the repressed childhood abuse that later breeds self-hatred and sickness. I don't agree with many of her points, and a lot of it is anecdotal, but Alice Miller and her stance on anti-forgiveness and protecting the child, not the parents, is a refreshing take on childhood trauma.
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Nov 05, 2011 Craven rated it really liked it
Pretty good book on the effects of child abuse and how the adult body holds the memory of it that the mind represses. This isn't considered the pinnacle of the authors work and theory, it's just the one I happened to find. I wish I'd of read "The Drama of the Gifted Child" but this is the one that came my way and I think that I got the gist her theory.
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This book was a revelatory read. Eye opening and life changing.

I REALLY wish Alice Miller was still alive, because I would've loved to have gotten to know her. She seemed like a fascinating person!!

This book sheds light in corners I've never heard talked about. Corners that needed exposing long since. I wish I could give this book to everyone I know without anyone taking offense, and actually have them glean from it what I have. Discussion is the spark to an idea catching like wildfire.

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Got to page 110 (Chapter - Misleading Information) before having to return the book to the library
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Dec 24, 2013 Jendi rated it really liked it
Miller is on her strongest ground when she is delivering her unique, empowering insights into the personal psychology of healing from abuse. No one does it better, and for that reason I recommend this essay collection despite its unevenness. I'm less convinced by her essays that purport to explain all societal evils as child abuse reenactment. It's surely a factor, but in my view she discounts structural inequalities too much (poverty, racism, etc.).
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Psychologist and world renowned author, who is noted for her books on child abuse, translated in several languages. In her books she departed from psychoanalysis charging it with being similar to the poisonous pedagogies, which she described in For Your Own Good.

Miller was born in Poland and as young woman lived in Warshaw where she survived World War II. In 1953 she gained her doctorate in philo
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