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The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self

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ISBN13: 9780465016907
ISBN10: 0465016901
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Why are many of the most successful people plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation? This wise and profound book has provided thousands of readers with an answer—and has helped them to apply it to their own lives.Far too many of us had to learn as children to hide our own feelings, needs, and memories skillfully in order to meet our parents expectations and win their ”love.” Alice Miller writes, ”When I used the word gifted in the title, I had in mind neither children who receive high grades in school nor children talented in a special way. I simply meant all of us who have survived an abusive childhood thanks to an ability to adapt even to unspeakable cruelty by becoming numb… Without this gift offered us by nature, we would not have survived.” But merely surviving is not enough. The Drama of the Gifted Child helps us to reclaim our life by discovering our own crucial needs and our own truth.

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Why are many of the most successful people plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation? This wise and profound book has provided thousands of readers with an answer—and has helped them to apply it

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As charming performers who skillfully reflect their parents expectations, far too many children grow into adults driven to greater and greater achievements by an underlying sense of worthlessness. Never allowed to express their true feelings, and having lost touch with their true selves, they act out their repressed feelings with episodes of depression and compulsive behavior. They in turn inflict the same legacy of repression on their own children.

This poignant and thought-provoking book shows how narcissistic parents form and deform the lives of their children. The Drama of the Gifted Child is the first step toward helping readers reclaim their lives by discovering their own needs and their own truth.

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Now revised and updated to reflect the author's new insights, this modern classic explains why many of the most successful children and adults are plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation--and tells how to break the cycle.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [127]-128) and index.

About the Author

Alice Miller has achieved worldwide recognition for her work on the causes and effects of childhood traumas. Her books include The Drama of the Gifted Child, Banished Knowledge, Breaking Down the Wall of Silence, Thou Shalt Not Be Aware, and For Your Own Good. She lives in Switzerland.

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crowyhead, September 15, 2008 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This was a bit heavy on psychoanalysis for my taste, although I've read that Miller eventually distanced herself from psychoanalysis (as opposed to psychotherapy) as a viable method of treating mental illness. Miller seems to believe that most forms of mental illness result from childhood trauma, a view I'm not particularly comfortable with, as I believe most if not all mental illness has a biological component. Still, there are positives here, as well; Miller's exhortation to both parents and mental health providers to examine one's childhood in order to avoid projecting problems onto one's own children or patients is a point very well taken. Still, I am uncomfortable with the idea that if one has mental health problems, one must have suffered some kind of abuse (either emotional or physical), whether one consciously recalls it or not. I think it is helpful to reflect on the past and realize that the unspoken lessons we learn in childhood have long-lasting ramifications, but I also think that there is ample evidence that one does not have to have been damaged by one's parents in order to suffer from depression or anxiety.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780465016907
Translator:
Ward, Ruth
Foreword:
Miller, Alice
Foreword by:
Miller, Alice
Foreword:
Miller, Alice
Author:
Miller, Alice
Author:
Ward, Ruth
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Adult child abuse victims
Subject:
Child Development
Subject:
Child Psychology
Subject:
Parent and child
Subject:
Self-help techniques
Subject:
Child abuse
Subject:
Narcissism
Subject:
Repression (psychology)
Subject:
Psychopathology
Subject:
Self concept.
Subject:
Repression.
Subject:
Narcissistic injuries.
Subject:
Developmental - Child
Subject:
Psychotherapy - Child & Adolescent
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Psychology-Child Psychology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
93
Publication Date:
19961231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 5.5 oz

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Product details 144 pages Basic Books - English 9780465016907 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
Why are many of the most successful people plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation? This wise and profound book has provided thousands of readers with an answer—and has helped them to apply it
"Synopsis" by , As charming performers who skillfully reflect their parents expectations, far too many children grow into adults driven to greater and greater achievements by an underlying sense of worthlessness. Never allowed to express their true feelings, and having lost touch with their true selves, they act out their repressed feelings with episodes of depression and compulsive behavior. They in turn inflict the same legacy of repression on their own children.

This poignant and thought-provoking book shows how narcissistic parents form and deform the lives of their children. The Drama of the Gifted Child is the first step toward helping readers reclaim their lives by discovering their own needs and their own truth.

"Synopsis" by , Now revised and updated to reflect the author's new insights, this modern classic explains why many of the most successful children and adults are plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation--and tells how to break the cycle.
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