The Truth Will Set You Free

The Truth Will Set You Free

Overcoming Emotional Blindness and Finding your True Adult Self

Book - 2001
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More than twenty years ago, a little-known Swiss psychoanalyst wrote a book that changed the way many people viewed themselves and their world. In simple but powerful prose, the deeply moving The Drama of the Gifted Child showed how parents unconsciously form and deform the emotional lives of their children. Alice Miller's stories about the roots of suffering in childhood resonated with readers everywhere, and her book soon achieved cult status and became a backlist bestseller.In The Truth Will Set You Free Miller returns to the intensely personal tone and themes of her best-loved work. Only by embracing the truth of our past histories can any of us hope to be free of pain in the present, she argues. Miller's vivid true stories reveal the perils of early-childhood mistreatment and the dangers of mindless obedience to parental will. Drawing on the latest research on brain development, she shows how spanking and humiliation produce dangerous levels of denial. This denial, necessary for the child's survival, leads to emotional blindness and finally to mental barriers that cut off awareness and the ability to learn new ways of acting. If this cycle repeats itself, the grown child will perpetrate the same abuse on later generations, warns Miller-a message vitally important, especially given the increasing popularity of programs like Tough Love and of "child disciplinarians" like James Dobson and other religion-driven psychologists. The Truth Will Set You Free will provoke and inform all readers who want to know Alice Miller's latest thinking on this important subject.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2001.
ISBN: 9780465045846
0465045847
Branch Call Number: 616.8582239 Mil 3701 1
Characteristics: xvi, 202 pages

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Feb 03, 2014

Alice Miller cuts through all the hocus pocus complexity confused therapist project, in other words, she keeps it simple though the journey into semi or total madness is anything but simple. For those who grew up tormented and without the love of someone as a baby or child, the chance of completeness is not possible, however, it also isn't necessary. The human spirit is dynamic like nothing else in the world, it can emerge from hell and build paradise and live happily 'til the end. How? No drugs, suffer the pain of reality, remember, and never forgive one's tormenters, be it mother, father, brother, sister, teacher, lest said tormenters change and admit their cruelties and make amends with true love. Love, however, cannot be earned, it must be real and it must be true.

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