For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence
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-d...more
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This book focuses on the origins of violence and hidden cruelty in child-rearing and the roots of violence.
Amazingly, this book was written in 1980 and expresses that 'everyone should read this book who is troubled by what is happening to our world and to our children..' Wow.. I would love to hear what Alice Miller has to say now in 2010.
I highly recommend this book for anyone with German, or even Scandanavian or European roots.
Much of Martin's life seem ...more
After skipping some of the graphic part in the beginning ...more
I've been around long enough to realize and to witness that so much of what is said here is how circumstances unfold for many lives.
Oh that we, as a society, will wake up and look around us. This type of abuse is everywhere and we much look into our past and that of our parents to see what pattern have been unconsciously repeated.
This could save your life and that of your children...but m ...more
That said, this IS a very important book, one that could have the power to revolutionize the entire world if people were actu ...more
I've been on a quest for awhile, searching for good parenting books, reading about child abuse and it's later effects, and most recently I came across this book by Alice Miller. For Your Own Good is an interesting book. Miller's expertise in the area is obvious throughout the book, and I will be looking for more books by her.
I liked that Miller talked about the parenting techniques of the past and how ...more
The writer partly takes on the challenge coming from a more scientific approach of data collection and statistical analysis, and I felt that although she didn't dismiss these points, she more or less escaped giving a full account. (I.e. why do some abused children not turn into murdere ...more
And have time to process whatever is stirred while reading it.
Reading it in bits, is probably best.
Please look out for, and stand up for, those that need help, and can't defend themselves.
This book is a reminder of why I'm a fan of the Underdog, and so quickly coming to their aid.
If we wait too long, it can be too late.
With too much lasting harm.
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 ...more