* From the world-famous Swiss author of THE DRAMA OF BEING A CHILD here are seven 'life stories' of characters who invite us to think back over our own lives and see what has formed us and how we may yet become free of our childhood traumas.
How do our experiences of pain and love affect our future? This is the key question. Alice Miller shows us people who have suffered great loneliness in childhood and now, in adulthood, despite their yearnings for contact and communication, are still trapped in inner isolation. But encounters with others who had the good fortune to grow up in loving families open them to new worlds in which they too can learn to change.
As we watch, some manage to speak the truth, to free themselves of old fears and defensive myths, to trust. The luckiest come to love and be loved, by partners, friends, and their own children, whom they can then free from the curse of having to relive their parents' inner traumas.
Miller's arguments are persuasive and her case histories gripping - TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT
Every parent should read her - Edna O'Brien
Alice Miller changed the way I think about my own life - Sara Paretsky
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'.