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For Your Own Good: The Roots of Violence in Child-Rearing

Alice Miller

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Prose: non-fiction, Psychology

* A challenge to the child-rearing practices of punishment and coercion, by the acclaimed author of THE DRAMA OF BEING A CHILD.

* 'This book can change lives' - Maurice Sondak.

Alice Miller explores the sources of violence within ourselves and the way these are encouraged by orthodox childrearing practices. Challenging the way in which we rationalise punishment and coercion as being for the child's 'own good', she illuminates the cost in compassion and humanity in later life, both in the private and public domain. Her message is clear: 'people whose integrity has not been damaged in childhood; will feel no need to harm another person or themselves.

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Praise for For Your Own Good: The Roots of Violence in Child-Rearing

  • Dr Miller's books, refreshingly free of jargon, read like picturesque fiction - RUTH RENDELL

  • All too believable... Her thesis is icily simple. - NEW STATESMAN AND SOCIETY

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Alice Miller

Alice Miller lives in France. For more than twenty years she taught and practised psychoanalysis. In 1973, due to her spontaneous painting she discovered her childhood history. Now, she radically questions the validity of psychoanalytic theories. As a result, in 1988 she resigned from the International Psychhoanalytical Association and, in 1995, revised 'The Drama of being a Child'.