Banished Knowledge: Facing Childhood Injuries

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In direct opposition to the Freudian drive  theory, the author of the best-selling The Drama  Of The Gifted Child believes that  children, at birth, are inherently good, and she  traces all forms of criminal deeds to past  mistreatments.

Sparking great controversy among therapists and child psychologists, Alice Miller challenges the traditional views of child rearing and Freud's theories in this, her most influential...

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Overview

In direct opposition to the Freudian drive  theory, the author of the best-selling The Drama  Of The Gifted Child believes that  children, at birth, are inherently good, and she  traces all forms of criminal deeds to past  mistreatments.

Sparking great controversy among therapists and child psychologists, Alice Miller challenges the traditional views of child rearing and Freud's theories in this, her most influential work since The Drama of the Gifted Child.

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In her strongest book yet advocating children's rights, Miller ( The Drama of the Gifted Child, The Untouched Key ) charges that psychoanalysis, a field in which she has worked for more than 20 years, perpetuates child abuse because its practitioners consistently deny the wrongs parents commit against their children. Her message is that both psychoanalysts and parents often fail to see abuse for what it is because they fail to comprehend their own childhood traumas. To illustrate her point, Miller draws from stories of child beatings, sexual abuse, and incest, frequently rationalized as forms of discipline and ``necessary'' sexual initiation. She also analyzes literary works (O'Neill, Kafka, Arthur Miller) that ultimately play down child abuse in the interest of family solidarity. To break destructive patterns, Miller outlines a new method of treatment, which, she says, improved her own life dramatically. Unfortunately, Miller devotes too little discussion to this method in favor of material she has covered in earlier works. Nonetheless, the reader is left with much to consider.-- Michelle Lodge, New York
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385267625
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 993,341
  • Product dimensions: 5.21 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Reading many Alice Miller's books including Banished Knowledge one can learn that the key to understanding cruel dictators is to look into their histories and look for evidence of their own cruel mistreatment. Dictators are individuals who were tormented as children and were never given the opportunity to experience their authentic feelings including their shame, hatred, and rage regarding their torments. As adults, they generally idealize their abusive childhoods and believe it was done for "their own good."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2004

    Standing in the Shadows

    While I agree wholeheartedly with ms Millers thesis, that infants are born;'good' and that they are shaped by the vissisitudes and impinging forces of the lives they are subjected to. I do not agree that all Psychoanalysis should be dismissed because some Analysts do not ascribe to this line of thought. In my studies. my analysis and in my practice I have found that a great body of analytic work is centered on the belief that Nurture is as important to understanding of human development as Nature. I am a great admirer of Ms Miller's work. She is a fascinating and inspiring human being. She will be pleased to know that we are reading her article on Narcissim Disturbances in class. neil.friedman3@verizon.net

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