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Book Title: Breaking Down the Wall of Silence: The Liberating Experience of Facing Painful Truth|
The author of the book: Alice Miller
Date of issue: January 1st 1997
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ISBN 13: 9780452011731
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Alice Miller has some very strong opinions about what childhood trauma especiallly sexual trauma does to the child but also to the adult the child becomes. She is such an interesting person and her theories can be applied to other trauma's children go through from the loss of or abandonment by parents. I am still very interested in disconnected youth so I decided to get out my reading list and do some heavy summer reading as part of my continuing interest and research into the subject. I feel as a librarian and teacher it is important to understand psychological development and trauma. I would recommend to anyone interested in hearing what a very well eduicated and passionate child advocate has to say about what the experiences of our childhood do to our experiences and our personality as we grow and become adults.
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Psychologist and world renowned author, who is noted for her books on child abuse, translated in several languages. In her books she departed from psychoanalysis charging it with being similar to the poisonous pedagogies, which she described in For Your Own Good.
Miller was born in Poland and as young woman lived in Warshaw where she survived World War II. In 1953 she gained her doctorate in philosophy, psychology and sociology at University of Basel in Switzerland. For the next 20 years Miller studied and practiced psychoanalysis.
Her first three books originated from research she took upon herself as a response to what she felt were major blind spots in her field.
However, by the time her fourth book was published, she no longer believed that psychoanalysis was viable in any respect. Miller extended trauma model to include all forms of child abuse, including those that were commonly accepted (such as spanking), which she called poisonous pedagogy, a non-literal translation of Katharina Rutschky's Schwarze Pädagogik (black or dark pedagogy)
Drawing upon the work of psychohistory, Miller analyzed writers Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka and others to find links between their childhood traumas and the course and outcome of their lives.
In 1979, she stopped practicing as a psychoanalyst after having studied and practiced psychoanalysis for 20 years and became critical of both Freud and Carl Jung.
She has continued to write and lecture on psychological issues.
Her most recent book, Pictures of My Life, was published in 2006; an informal autobiography in which the writer explores her emotional process from painful childhood, through the development of her theories and later insights, told via the display and discussion of 66 of her original paintings, painted in the years 1973 to 2005.
She died in April 14th 2010 in Saint-Rémy de Provence, France.