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For Your Own Good by Alice  Miller
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May 06, 2010

it was amazing
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Read in May, 2010

After having it on my shelf for years, I finally read this book, truly amazing. Psychoanalyst Alice Miller explains clearly [even in translation:] what it does to a person's psyche to have been routinely punished by a caregiver for any reason and for no reason. This is her explanation for Hitler and those who collaborated with him and it is convincing. She quotes extensively from 19c [German:] child-rearing manuals warning the parent to establish his/her dominance over the child in the very first year, the goal being the child's complete and blind obedience.
Someone raised in this way will usually act accordingly their whole life and raise their own children the same way. Absolutely frightening.
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