The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self Hardcover – July 22, 2008
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 8.6 ounces
- Hardcover : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0465012612
- ISBN-13 : 978-0465012619
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.63 x 8.38 inches
- Language: : English
- Publisher : Basic Books; 3rd -30th Anniversary, Revised, Updated ed. edition (July 22, 2008)
- Best Sellers Rank: #226,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The people who wrote complaining reviews are missing the point — in order to heal, you have to embrace the hurt first. Then, like a snake, you metaphorically shed that skin.
Also, the people dissing this book are all very in denial and their reviews seem to come from rigid “black and white” thinking. No one had perfect parents. This isn’t about demonizing your parents but rather recovering from their shortcomings. This about taking responsibility for your own healing. But some people would rather stay in their discomfort and misery than face the music — I suppose they figure the devil they know is better than the devil they don’t.
Alice describes me and my life perfectly in this book. It was really amazing to read and identify with so much of what she said. Almost everything she talks about was something I hadn't thought of before--at least in the way she explains things. There was also one thing she explains that I have had a profound experience with, that I have never heard of anyone else experiencing. It was amazing to hear that what I had experienced and worked through is actually common.
One thing I could never understand about myself was why I still have low self-esteem. Intellectually, I can see why I (or anyone for that matter) should have self-esteem. I had read many books and done work in therapy specifically for this issue, but it still remained a complete mystery for me.
The ideas in this book have given me the tools to become my "true self" and get that self-esteem I have always lacked. I admit that I have only just finished reading the book and have yet to do most of the work involved in this, but I feel incredibly confident that this is what I have been missing (for me with these type of therapeutic and self-revelations, you know when something speaks to you like this). I now have a plan for working through this issue and I feel confident I now know what has been holding me back.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I've already purchased another one of Alice's books and I hope it is as helpful for me as this one has been.
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I bought this book after about 15 therapy sessions. For me, I think it helped to have done some therapy first in order to fully appreciate this book. There's a certain language, and tone, and style which may be off putting to some people if they pick it up "cold".
I've explored lots of other "self help" books. After a while, I started to realise that most of them are very superficial and give the illusion of helping, but the benefit is short lived, there is no lasting benefit. Much of what is written online is also superficial and ultimately unhelpful.
If you struggle with low self esteem, depression, anxiety or similar, then I recommend this book. It may be the only book you need. Read it to complement your own therapy - I don't think it is a substitute.