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Breaking Down the Wall of Silence: The Liberating Experience of Facing Painful Truth Paperback – January 1, 1997
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Miller is unique in her writings because she is always on the side of the child, either the actual child or the child that still resides within us.
However, she includes very broad, and I think, grossly unfair indictments of pretty much all those in the helping professions -- indicating if one we would listen to a person's childhood story, perhaps they could heal (instead of having our own agenda, etc.) To me, Miller loses credibility with this book (the second I've purchased of hers, the first being The Drama of the Gifted Child, which I loved and felt was very insightful.)
Clearly, Miller had a HORRIBLE experience in the profession she writes so scathingly about -- and that is too bad, because, my experience has been there are MANY EXCEPTIONAL people in the helping professions, who are listening, and helping others achieve deep healing.
Still a good read but the personal axe got old pretty quickly, for me.
Dr. Alice Miller has indeed shed new light to where evil and abuse is created. We are still in the Dark Ages of how truly one is effected by pain, abandonment, neglect, threats, ritualistic beatings, isolation, spankings, intimidating looks, witnessing abuse and horror,lost, frightened, screams not answered, not comforted and so on as a newborn and throughout his formative years.
The irony is, we as a society will not and can not take responsibility of our own creation of evil and hatred due to ignorance, arrogance and denial.