The Body Never Lies: The Lingering Effects of Hurtful Parenting [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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The Body Never Lies: The Lingering Effects of Hurtful Parenting

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Overview

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 illness—be 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."

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Editorial Reviews

Elaine Kendall - Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Alice Miller’s arguments are lucid, closely reasoned, and utterly convincing.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review
Alice Miller’s arguments are lucid, closely reasoned, and utterly convincing.— Elaine Kendall
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393071092
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/17/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 215,646
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)
  • File size: 282 KB

Meet the Author

Alice Miller (1923-2010) is the author of such classic works as The Drama of the Gifted Child, Prisoners of Childhood, The Body Never Lies, From Rage to Courage, and Free from Lies.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2005

    exciting, life-changing read

    Alice Miller¿s ¿The Body Never Lies¿ is a provocation for those who are intent on denying that there is a relationship between how children are being treated and how they, later as adults, live their lives. They will fight against this book with those sad beliefs, which they learned in their childhoods and never questioned or left behind. But for those, for whom these connections are a fact and who are willing to explore their own past, their own lives and childhood suffering, this book provides great relief, even liberation. On her life journey of research and writing, Alice Miller has gained great inner freedom and strength. In `The Body Never Lies¿, she courageously questions traditional morality and inspires us to face the often life long pain that children suffer through their parents. Her profound insights into this vital relationship create a truthful vision of man and his coercion to be destructive and self- destructive. Her visionary humanity leads the way into a new era, where the source of needless human suffering is movingly and powerfully recognized. Like in an invisible jail, the fourth commandment confines many people into untruthful relationships with their parents, from which they often suffer. Abused and disrespected in childhood, they strive, still during their adult lives, to reach and even please cruel parents, who do not wish to understand and support them, who do not care about their well-being. As long as they are under the spell of this commandment, they also often suffer in similar ways in other close relationships, denying their truth and reality like they had to as children with their parents. But there is a powerful witness to the suffering we endure through hypocritical, painful relationships¿our body. Although we are trained to follow those moralistic expectations to honor our parents, no matter how they have treated us as children or treat us now as adults¿the body refuses to do so. Again and again, it tries to communicate the tragic experiences that we carry hidden inside, in the unconscious. Alice Miller invites us to listen to and understand our bodies and ourselves with love by moving away from the destructive commandment that we must honor those who cause us harm and hurt us.

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