Breaking Down the Wall of Silence: The Liberating Experience of Facing Painful Truth

Breaking Down the Wall of Silence: The Liberating Experience of Facing Painful Truth

by Alice Miller
     
 

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In this classic work on child abuse, world-renowned psychotherapist Alice Miller highlights the ways in which violence endured in early childhood leads to brutal cruelty in society. In her analyses of such tyrants as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Nicolae Ceausescu, Miller reveals the fascinating links between the horrors of their childhoods and the horrors they… See more details below

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In this classic work on child abuse, world-renowned psychotherapist Alice Miller highlights the ways in which violence endured in early childhood leads to brutal cruelty in society. In her analyses of such tyrants as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Nicolae Ceausescu, Miller reveals the fascinating links between the horrors of their childhoods and the horrors they inflicted on the world. In this new edition, Miller pleads for universal awareness of the ways in which traumatic childhoods influence our lives. She also shares details about her own life that explain her profound interest in emotional growth. A poignant and hopeful book, Breaking Down the Wall of Silence is an essential exploration of trauma and recovery.

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Feminist Review
“This is a beautiful, fierce, necessary book written by an emotionally intelligent lioness who continues her efforts to break through the wall—one brick, one book— at a time. I highly recommend it.”

Chicago Tribune
“Makes many provocative and persuasive points about the long-term effects of child abuse, the interdependence between society and child-rearing and, finally, the individual’s need to confront memories, however painful.”

San Francisco Chronicle
“The applicability of Miller’s concepts—especially during these divisive times—is what makes her message so cogent for American audiences.”

Moving Worlds
“A penetrating look at how to break the cycle of child abuse in today’s world.”

New Age Journal
“Miller charts valuable territory.”

South Bend Tribune
“What Miller has to say is enlightening…This is not a book that can be read through once and put aside. The reader can return again and again as new truth is recognized.”

Science News
“A moving argument for awareness and condemnation of child abuse."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452011731
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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