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The Untouched Key by Alice  Miller
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Mar 02, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 02 to 18, 2012

Miller's take on adult creativity and destructiveness as a result of childhood trauma was fresh. Usually, childhood trauma is traced to only destructive adult behavior, but Miller shows how various types of trauma (aside from abuse), can result in adult creativity. My favorite chapter is "The Emperor's New Clothes," where Miller showed how the child on the street pointed out what adults did not: the fact that the emperor was naked. The more hidden part of the story was the power attributed to authorities, like the emperor's advisors.

"But turning my eyes to that altar and to my father has brought me to my senses. I am not willing to die, not willing to forget that all this has always preceded a war. I have awakened form my millennia-long sleep."

"Depression is the consequence of attempts to smother life."
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