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The Untouched Key: Tracing Childhood Trauma in Creativity and Destructiveness
     

The Untouched Key: Tracing Childhood Trauma in Creativity and Destructiveness

by Alice Miller, Hunter Hannum, Hildegarde Hannum, Hunter Hannum (Translator), Hildegarde (Translator)
 

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As in her former books, Alice Miller again focuses on facts. She is as determined as ever to cut through the veil that, for thousands of years now, has been so meticulously woven to shroud the truth. When she lifts that veil and brushes it aside, the results are astonishing, amply demonstrated by her analyses of the works of Nietzsche, Picasso, Käthe Kollwitz,

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As in her former books, Alice Miller again focuses on facts. She is as determined as ever to cut through the veil that, for thousands of years now, has been so meticulously woven to shroud the truth. When she lifts that veil and brushes it aside, the results are astonishing, amply demonstrated by her analyses of the works of Nietzsche, Picasso, Käthe Kollwitz, Buster Keaton, and others. With the key shunned by so many for so long—childhood—she opens rusty locks and offers her readers a wealth of unexpected perspectives. What did Picasso express in Guernica? Why did Buster Keaton never smile? Why did Nietzsche heap so much opprobrium on women and religion and lose his mind for 11 years? Why did Hitler and Stalin become tyrannical mass murderers? 

Miller investigates these and other questions thoroughly in this book. She draws from her discoveries that human beings are not “innately” destructive, that they are made that way by ignorance, abuse, and neglect, particularly if no sympathetic witness comes to their aid. She also shows why some mistreated children do not become criminals, but instead bear witness as artists to the truth about their childhoods, even though in purely intuitive and unconscious ways.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Picasso, Buster Keaton, Hitler and Stalin are analyzed to prove that childhood trauma or abuse is related directly to later creativity or destructiveness. ``These profiles . . . are reductionist,'' PW said. ``Swiss psychoanalyst Miller is more successful in showing how Nietzsche's stifling upbringing by pious, controlling women fueled his misogyny and his grandiose ideas.'' Illustrated . (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385267649
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1991
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,340,033
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.42(d)

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