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A Prisão do Silêncio [Murphy's Boy]

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  3,779 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
A trabalhar no ensino especial, Torey Hayden, psicóloga e professora, procura devolver afecto às crianças perturbadas psiquicamente. A todas une o mesmo sentimento: problemas na infância que as leva a manifestar comportamentos invulgares e preocupantes, geralmente em consequência de algum tipo de maus-tratos. Com o dom de desbloquear estes sentimentos, Torey Hayden foi cha ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published September 2009 by Editorial Presença (first published 1983)
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Kris
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Say you were a mental health professional, well-respected, a leader in your field. Well-liked by your peers, your opinion is sought on their cases, and they often ask for your assistance with their trickier clients. Now, say your boss calls you into his office and tells you that you're fired. Not because you can't do your job, not because you're difficult to work with, but because it's 1980s Florida, and Dade County has just passed sweeping anti-gay legislation, and it's been discovered that you ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Recently I saw the film adaptation of this book, Trapped in Silence, and it was an amazing film so I decided to read the book to see if it was as good. I can gladly say that the book is even better. It's much more detailed and gripping, really a wonderful story of one woman who makes all the difference in the world to a forgotten kid.
Honzi
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
„Jsme jako duchové,“ řekl. „Jako duchové v zrcadlech. Místo duchů bez těl jsme jako těla bez duší. Prázdné skořápky, v nichž jsou uvězněné špatné osoby. Nebo v nich není vůbec nikdo. Zrcadloví duchové. Půl milionu. Půl miliardy... Panebože... Možná půlka světa jsou zrcadloví duchové. Jenom těla, co zabírají prosto a chodí si jen tak prázdně po světě.“

Zvíře je něco naprosto jiného, než čtu normálně. Je to non-fiction ze života samotné autorky, a možná proto mi to připadalo tak živé, protože tento
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Siri
Feb 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
all hayden books get 4 stars from me bc they changed my life when i was in high school and made me want to be a psychologist to help kids like she did. She is not meant to be a young adult writer.. I think her books are meant for adults, so don't think it's a kiddy book just cuz I read 'em in high school! I don't remember much about the writing (they are all written in first person) but the TRUE stories about the children who she has worked with are heartbreaking and inspiring. Haven't read one ...more
Don
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been employed in the rehabilitation field since 1983 and have held my current position with the New York State commission for the Blind since 1989. If you were to ask me the author whose writing has had the most impact on my work, I'm pretty sure my answer would surprise you. It wouldn't be a vocational theorist, though their publications are certainly important. It wouldn't be a researcher, though I definitely value what they publish. It wouldn't be a blindness expert or one of the many ...more
Blanches Jeanne
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-no
at first i was like:
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really cant describe my feeling.

then i got mad to this book:
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but then i realized it's reality. and reality sucks!
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aku baca ini beberapa bulan setelah baca Ghost girl (Jadie) pas kelas 2 atau 3 smp. and all i can say is this book really ruined my childhood. aku masih bisa tahan baca ceritanya Jadie, tapi yang ini aduhh.. mungkin ini buku pertama yang aku nyesel bacanya. bukan karena ga bagus, tapi cape banget bacanya..

but, this book capture reality around us. kebetulan aku punya
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The Book Girl (Andrea)
I have mixed feelings about this book but will take it at its merit. This is a "supposed" personal true story told by a therapist. Does anyone but me think that it is unethical that this story was told? or published. Maybe I am silly

I disliked the way the author expressed her view in this book. She was judgemental and at times rude in her talking about Kevin. She says shes helping him, but then talks about him the next moment. I felt she lacked compassion, which she was supposed to provide thes
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J.H. Moncrieff
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always, Torey Hayden's writing rips out my heart and stomps on it, leaving me feeling slightly broken and battered. No one writes as beautifully as her about such starkly horrible things, and I have no idea how she manages to do what she does.

Murphy's Boy is the story of one of Hayden's unloveable, "unredeemable" children--in this case, a fifteen-year-old boy whose eight-year silence conceals a terrifying rage. Her willingness to continually put her own safety and sanity at risk in order to h
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Anne
3.5 stars
I like her books, always have. Guess they appeal to the teacher part of me. But they always make me so sad, too that there are so many kids out there with such trauma in their lives and the system fails them.
This one is about Kevin who is almost 16, elective mute, afraid of everything, hides under the tables. Once again Torey works her magic.
Julie Nye
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish there was a way to review Ms. Hayden's books as a group. It would hard to overstate the impact they had on me in my young adult years. The stories themselves are (mostly) not for the faint of heart, and close to horrifying. But they serve a golden purpose in teaching people to think outside their own minds, to understand realities other than their own, and hopefully apply a more effective filter to the human problems around them.

Murphy's Boy tells of a young man with more horrific challe
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Hermioneginny
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Torey deve affrontare il caso di un ragazzo di sedici anni, che sembra non parlare da quando era molto piccolo e che si sente al sicuro solo sotto un tavolo e circondato da sedie. Per Torey, che ha lasciato l'insegnamento, è forse la sfida più difficile, per l'età del ragazzo e per il suo vissuto da incubo, picchiato dal patrigno e lasciato in istituto dalla madre che ha volontariamente deciso di rinunciare alla patria potestà: ha preferito un uomo al proprio figlio...
Demi
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked that this story was about a child that was older and spanned for a few years as she worked at a clinic and I suppose it's a bit more based on how well someone is rather than not just being the end of a school year. It was extremely sad and highlighted how bad the system can be sometimes. An excellent story
Angela
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a well-written account of the author's experience with a 15 year old "elective-mute" during her clinical psychology career in the 1970's.

I feel like this story illustrates how far we have come in understanding children's psychology, but it is also a reminder that we need to do more and be better advocates for children. Haunting.
Bushra
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I've read a book and didn't want to put it down. I loved it and it might have been because of my background in psychology.
Elisa Vangelisti
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo è un gran bel romanzo. Il fatto che me ne debba distaccare è un dettaglio. È la storia di due anni e mezzo di terapia intensiva, proseguita per tentativi, con momenti di stasi e regressione profondamente sconfortanti. Ma l’autrice non ha mai tentennato ed ha continuato a insistere. Ad esserci. Perché è una storia vera. La storia di un bambino ha cui è stata imposta un’infanzia terrificante, ma che è riuscito a trovare il coraggio di vivere.
Margret
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
It was good, but a little disturbing. Kevin character I didn't got into him until the middle of the book. Still, it was good.
Allison
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That book was very intense but also heartwarming as not all cases Miss Hayden works with are "easy" to solve. The book was quite a bit longer than I thought it would be, but I don't regret spending time on it.
Meagan
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this the way I have enjoyed the authors other works. Written so similar to fiction, sometimes I forget these are actual patients and people she has worked with.

There were many instances I disagreed with the approach that Ms. Hayden took in her treatment of Kevin. However, I can see why she continued working with him after situations and events that would cause most people to halt any further activities. She has the ability to see through her patients/students pasts, as is the case of K
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Hester
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring how someone can stick by an 'unloveable' boy who doesn't respond to them and give him the chance that every child deserves.
Lainy
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Publisher - Avon

Pages - 324


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His name was Kevin but his keepers called him Zoo Boy. He didn't talk. He hid under tables and surrounded himself with a cage of chairs. He hadn't been out of the building in the four years since he'd come in. He was afraid of water and wouldn't take a shower. He was afraid to be naked, to change his clothes. He was nearly 16.

Desperate to see change in the boy, the staff of Kevin's adolescent treatment center hired Hayden.
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Amanda Hall
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good. Could not put it down.
Nicole
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: child-psychology
Torey Hayden - Silent Boy (Murphy's Boy) Victoria Lynn Hayden, known as Torey L. Hayden (born May 21, 1951 in Livingston, Montana) is a child psychologist, special education teacher, university lecturer and writer of non-fiction books based on her real-life experiences with teaching and counselling children with special needs.Subjects covered in her books include autism, Tourette syndrome, sexual abuse, fetal alcohol syndrome, and elective mutism (now called selective mutism), her specialty
 
His
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Nicole
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: child-psychology
Torey Hayden - Murphy's Boy (SILENT BOY) Victoria Lynn Hayden, known as Torey L. Hayden (born May 21, 1951 in Livingston, Montana) is a child psychologist, special education teacher, university lecturer and writer of non-fiction books based on her real-life experiences with teaching and counselling children with special needs.Subjects covered in her books include autism, Tourette syndrome, sexual abuse, fetal alcohol syndrome, and elective mutism (now called selective mutism), her specialty
 
His
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Beth Peninger
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing story. What makes it, in part, so amazing is it is true. Really happened. Several things about this true account of Kevin's story and Hayden's part in it made this book hard to put down. It was one of those books I found myself anxious to get back to when I couldn't be reading it.
Hayden first meets Kevin sequestered under a table and unwilling to speak to anyone for the past 6+ years. His fears have caged he and his voice and the facility he lives in is desperate to know what to
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Michelle Kinigson
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall very interesting book to read. Some parts are difficult to consume because of what happened to the boy. Not a huge fan of the title though. I feel other options would have been more relevant. Amazing the progress and relationship between Kevin and Torey and all the work she did to help him.
Liz Dean
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found my old copy of this book, and re-read it: (its been about 15 years). Torey Hayden remains the author that affected me the most as a teenager: from volunteering at group homes when I was in highschool to going through a Social Work program in college (with the intention of being a therapist, it was all because of this one, single book.

I have read all of her other books, and I did have a chance to meet her in Europe long ago, but reading this after all those years still hits me with the sa
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Kevin Alistair
To clarify my 3 star rating - a rating that means to be, 'Yes, it was more good than bad' - I need to provide a short break down for my rating.

Writing Style: 2 stars. Torey Hayden's writing has it's moments. It's heartfelt and she knows how to structure her chapters and episodes well. But I found myself skimming her long, repetitive inner monologues. All I was interested in was the dialogue between characters - especially her interviews with Kevin.

Her Career: I have to give her 5 stars for an i
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Johannes
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wenn man sich für Psychologie und die etwas unorthodoxe Arbeit mit Menschen mit psychischen Problemen interessiert, dann ist dieses Buch perfekt. Torey L. Hayden ist Spezialistin für Mutismus, Sonderschullehrerin und Psychologin. Sie schildert anschaulich und für jeden verständlich ihr vorgehen und ihre Art, aus dem Bauch heraus Entscheidungen zu treffen, macht sie unglaublich sympathisch und liebenswert. Sie schreibt des öfteren, dass sie nicht wirklich einen Plan davon hatte, was sie tat, als ...more
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Victoria Lynn Hayden, known as Torey L. Hayden (born May 21, 1951 in Livingston, Montana) is a child psychologist, special education teacher, university lecturer and writer of non-fiction books based on her real-life experiences with teaching and counselling children with special needs.
Subjects covered in her books include autism, Tourette syndrome, sexual abuse, fetal alcohol syndrome, and electi
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