Body Never Lies The Lingering Effects of Hurtful Parenting

ISBN-10: 0393328635
ISBN-13: 9780393328639
Edition: 2006
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

An examination of childhood trauma and its surreptitious, debilitating effects by one of the world's leading psychoanalysts. Never before has world-renowned psychoanalyst Alice Miller examined so persuasively the long-range consequences of childhood abuse on the body. Using the experiences of her patients along with the biographical stories of literary giants such as Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, and Marcel Proust, Miller shows how a child's humiliation, impotence, and bottled rage will manifest itself as adult illnessbe it cancer, stroke, or other debilitating diseases. Never one to shy away from controversy, Miller urges society as a whole to jettison its belief in the Fourth Commandment and not to extend forgiveness to parents whose tyrannical childrearing methods have resulted in unhappy, and often ruined, adult lives. In this empowering work, writes Rutgers professor Philip Greven, "readers will learn how to confront the overt and covert traumas of their own childhoods with the enlightened guidance of Alice Miller."

Alice Miller was born in Lwow, Poland on January 12, 1923. She studied philosophy and literature at the University of Warsaw, which operated underground during the war. After the war, she continued her studies at the University of Basel and received a doctorate in 1953. After undergoing Freudian psychiatric training, she went into practice as a psychoanalyst. She believed that parental power and punishment lay at the root of nearly all human problems. By the time she wrote her first book, she had stopped practicing psychiatry. Her works include The Drama of the Gifted Child; The Truth Shall Set You Free; Banished Knowledge: Facing Childhood Injuries; For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence; Thou Shalt Not Be Aware: Society's Betrayal of the Child; The Untouched Key; The Body Never Lies: The Lingering Effects of Cruel Parenting; Breaking Down the Wall of Silence; and Free From Lies: Discovering Your True Needs. She died on April 14, 2010 at the age of 87.

Preface
Introduction: Morality and the Body
Saying and Concealing
Awe of the Parents and Its Tragic Effects
The Fight for Liberty in the Dramas and the Unheeded Outcry of the Body
The Betrayal of Memory
Self-Hatred and Unfulfilled Love
The Imprisoned Child and the Necessity of Denying Pain
Suffocated by Mother's Love
A Past Master at Splitting Off Feelings
Postscript to Part I
Traditional Morality in Therapy and the Knowledge of the Body
Introduction to Part II
The Familiarity of Cruelty to Children
The Carousel of Feelings
The Body as Guardian of the Truth
Can I Say It?
Kill Rather Than Feel the Truth
Drugs and the Deception of the Body
The Right to Awareness
Deception Kills Love
Anorexia: The Longing for Genuine Communication
Introduction to Part III
The Fictional Diary of Anita Fink
Postscript
Afterword
Notes
Bibliography

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