Free from Lies


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Alice Miller (1923-2010) is the author of such classic works as The Drama of the Gifted Child, Prisoners of Childhood, The Body Never Lies, From Rage to Courage, and Free from Lies.


Swiss psychoanalyst Miller (The Drama of the Gifted Child) continues to inveigh against parental abuse-with little fresh material or evidence to support her claims. She argues that nearly all children are abused (spankings, beatings, and sexual abuse are not differentiated) resulting in physical and mental illnesses and a danger that they might abuse their own children. She exhorts victims to challenge the lie that no abuse occurred and to acknowledge that they might never find idealized parental love. Most practical are her guidelines for choosing a psychoanalyst-but much of the book suffers from its lack of organization: responses to readers' letters appear without the original letters, an excerpted "Diary of a Mother" lacks an introduction, and the appendixes are unclear. Verdict: Cautiously recommended; Miller's reputation will elicit some demand.-Erica L. Foley, Clinton-Macomb P.L., Clinton Twp., MI Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Free from Lies is a clarion call from one of the great psychological minds of our time." -- Stephen Kamsi, Saybrook Graduate School, San Francisco

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