Baker & Taylor The renowned Swiss psychoanalyst and author of The Drama of the Gifted Child and Prisoners of Childhood investigates the long-term consequences of childhood abuse on the body, drawing on patient experiences as well as the biographical stories of famous figures to demonstrate how negative elements from a childhood can manifest into adult illness. 20,000 first printing.
Norton Pub 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. 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.