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.
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'.
The Drama of the Gifted Child and How We Became Psychotherapists * The Poor Rich Child * The Lost World of Feelings * In Search of the True Self * The Therapists History * The Golden Brain Depression and Grandiosity: Two Related Forms of Denial * The Vicissitudes of the Childs Needs * The Illusion of Love * Depressive Phases During Therapy * The Inner Prison * A Social Aspect of Depression * The Legend of Narcissus The Vicious Circle of Contempt * Humiliation for the Child, Disrespect for the Weak, and Where It Goes from There * Working with Contempt in Therapy * Depravity as Evil in Hermann Hesses Childhood World * The Mother as Societys Agent During the First Years of Life * The Loneliness of the Contemptuous * Achieving Freedom from Contempt and Respecting Life
"Narcissism has rarely been written about with the clarity and quiet insights of this modest, thought-provoking work."--Washington Post Book World "An unpretentious little book with an amazing impact...Many readers find themselves portrayed with an accuracy and empathy that seem uncanny, as if the author had been a silent, unseen witness to their childhood [and] their innermost and secret selves."--Vogue "Rare and compelling in its compassion and its unassuming eloquence...her examples are so vivid and so ordinary they touch the hurt child in us all"--The New York Magazine "Full of wisdom and perception."--The New Republic
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