The Untouched Key

The Untouched Key

Tracing Childhood Trauma in Creativity and Destructiveness

Book - 1990
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Since the publication of The Drama of the Gifted Child in 1981, Alice Miller has achieved worldwide recognition for her work on the causes and effects of child abuse, on violence toward children and its cost to society. Now, in The Untouched Key, she explores the clues, often overlooked in biography, that connect childhood traumas to adult creativity and destructiveness. 19 drawings.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, c1990.
ISBN: 9780385267632
Branch Call Number: 155/.4/Mil h7ma 01
Characteristics: viii, 180 pages : illustrations, portraits


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"if Nietzsche had not been forced to learn as a child that one must master an 'unbearable fit of sobbing,' if he had simply been ALLOWED to sob, then humanity would have been one philosopher poorer, but in return the life of a human being named Nietzsche would have been richer. And who knows what that VITAL Nietzsche would THEN have been able to give humanity?" "' From the beginning, Nietzsche says (in Zarathustra), the priests used Jesus to attain power for themselves.'" "If he had been able to see THE WAY THE WOMEN IN HIS CHILDHOOD REALLY WERE, then it would not have been necessary for him to generalize by making ALL women into witches and serpents and to hate them all." Ms. Miller also has some cogent analysis of THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, as well as Dostoevsky's father (who was brutally murdered by his serfs ( an old word for slaves). Moreover, there is a very funny portrait of Buster Keaton, along with her analysis of the artist. Stalin, too, to go along with her understanding of what made Hitler a hitler, in FOR HIS OWN GOOD.

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