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The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self, Third Edition
Alice Miller
Basic Books / Softcover / 2007-11-01 / 0465016901
Infant, Child & Adolescent / Self Help
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144 pages
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The bestselling book on childhood trauma and the enduring effects of repressed anger and pain

Why are many of the most successful people plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation? This wise and profound book has provided thousands of readers with an answer—and has helped them to apply it to their own lives.

Far too many of us had to learn as children to hide our own feelings, needs, and memories skillfully in order to meet our parents' expectations and win their "love." Alice Miller writes, "When I used the word 'gifted' in the title, I had in mind neither children who receive high grades in school nor children talented in a special way. I simply meant all of us who have survived an abusive childhood thanks to an ability to adapt even to unspeakable cruelty by becoming numb… Without this 'gift' offered us by nature, we would not have survived." But merely surviving is not enough. The Drama of the Gifted Child helps us to reclaim our life by discovering our own crucial needs and our own truth.

Reviews:

"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

"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

"Narcissism has rarely been written about with the clarity and quiet insights of this modest, thought-provoking work."—Washington Post Book World

"Full of wisdom and perception."—The New Republic

Table of Contents

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 Therapist's History
The Golden Brain
Depression and Grandiosity: Two Related Forms of Denial
The Vicissitudes of the Child's 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 Hesse's Childhood World
The Mother as Society's Agent During the First Years of Life
The Loneliness of the Contemptuous
Achieving Freedom from Contempt and Respecting Life

About the Author:

Alice Miller (1923-2010) achieved worldwide recognition for her work on the causes and effects of childhood traumas. She was also the author of many books, including The Truth Will Set You Free, Banished Knowledge, Breaking Down the Wall of Silence, Thou Shalt Not Be Aware, and For Your Own Good.

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