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Free from Lies: Discovering Your True Needs Paperback – June 7, 2010
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It is time to wake up, stop repeating what was done to us, discover new loving ways to treat our children, admit our parents did it wrong and not feel the need in the very same breath to excuse that.
We all have choices in life, we do not have to spank/beat our kids just because it was done to us. We can think for ourselves and realize that hitting a child can NeVeR be right or justified. Alice Miller suggests we think of a giant coming over to us and hitting us over and over... How would you feel? Scared, petrified, humiliated? Yes, all of these things plus more unwanted feelings. Talking and teaching with kindness is so much better in every way. Wouldn't it be great to live in a world where all the people were brought up with love, hugs and kisses, and kindness and when that person did something that was perceived as wrong, that instead of punishment and spanking, got a gentle explanation. The prisons would be empty.
Unfortunately, about half the book consist of her responses to letters or e-mails she has received, a transcript of a lengthy interview, and what appears to be an autobiographical letter to her daughter and her own mother. - The author had my full attention for the first half of the book but she lost me in the second part.
To sum it up: If you are looking for a "ten steps" kind of book, this is not it. "Free From Lies" will give you an overview of Ms. Miller's views on how deeply childhood abuse affects us as adults. It will encourage you to seek an "empathic therapist" rather than a therapist who confirms the patient's deep-seated conviction that somehow the treatment she/he received from her parents as a child was normal or her/his fault or even deserved. The book will also give you some basic tips as to how to find a suitable therapist.
Save your money and get it from the local library!
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Amazing book, highly recommend for people that have experienced trauma/child abuse or who work with people that have experienced child abuse or trauma. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jaqueline Snell
Greatest author providing self healing from the wound of childhoodPublished 13 months ago by Robert Wing
She goes right to the point, in an easy language. Not too many pages, so very quick to read. This is her 2nd book I've read, and intend to read more.Published 16 months ago by Sandra Helena Zobaran
I am 82 years of age, my life's work has been uncovering those "lies", understanding the origins, human beings propensity to 'pass on' unto the 3rd and 4th generations... Read morePublished 20 months ago by reba g davis
Alice Miller was recommended to me by my psychiatrist. It's a book about the repressed childhood abuse that later breeds self-hatred and sickness. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have read several of Alice Miller's books and have learned more about the effects of childhood abuse from each of them. Read morePublished 22 months ago by annie242
I'm so glad I was recommended this book. It has been a real treat to learn to listen to and understand my inner child. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Tim
If you want to change the way you view the world and the people in it, read her book, any of her books. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by Benita Lee
this is a very important book. Read it along time ago and am rereading it now. Alice Miller is an advocate for all children. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Patricia L. Wright