Thou Shalt Not Be Aware

Thou Shalt Not Be Aware : Society's Betrayal of the Child

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Alice Miller's work in the field of child abuse has attracted international acclaim. In this classic text, Miller embarks on a revolutionary psychoanalytic path in order to explain why child abuse is so widespread and why it is so commonly ignored or overlooked. She argues that we have used fundamentally mistaken Freudian theories on infantile sexuality to conceal the true nature of the relationship between adults and children. Only when we acknowledge the trauma involved can we begin to understand how childhood repression poisons all subsequent relations for its victims. Dr Miller combines case histories with dreams, fairy tales and the works of Kafka, Woolf, Flaubert, Beckett and others in a formidable argument for a more compassionate approach to a bewildering more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 140 x 212 x 26mm | 458.13g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0745313353
  • 9780745313351
  • 1,545,871

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"A provactive critique of traditional therapy's view of childhood . . . This is explosive stuff. I can't imagine anyone coming away from this book without several newfound discoveries about herself and her relation to her parents."--Nancy Evans, "Glamour" Originally published in 1984, "Thou Shalt Not Be Aware" explodes Freud's notions of "infantile sexuality" and helps to bring to the world's attention the brutal reality of child abuse, changing forever our thoughts of "traditional" methods of child-rearing. Dr. Miller exposes the harsh truths behind children's "fantasies" by examining case histories, works of literature, dreams, and the lives of such people as Franz Kafka, Virginia Woolf, Gustave Flaubert, and Samuel Beckett. Now with a new preface by Lloyd de Mause and a new introduction by the author, "Thou Shalt Not Be Aware" continues to bring an essential understanding to the confrontation and treatment of the devastating effects of child abuse. ""Thou Shalt Not Be Aware" is that rarest of gems, a highly creative and exciting work which throws a multifaceted light upon the development of human nature in the Western World."--Ashley Montagu "Alice Miller is not out to 'hang the bastards, ' but rather to help create a world of self-conscious and self-loving individuals who don't need, want or know how to abuse others."--Sheila Koren, "San Francisco Chronicle " "It is timely. It is powerful. It is painful . . . absorbing, enlightening and provoking."--Louise Lione, " Charlotte Observer" Alice Miller, Ph.D., practiced and taught psychoanalysis for over twenty years before devoting herself to writing in 1979. She is the author of the bestselling "Prisoners of Childhood" (reissued in paperback as "The Drama of the Gifted Child") and "For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence," as well as numerous other more

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'Direct and positive in its approach to an urgent and bewildering problem' -- LA Times 'An important book with relevance to us all' -- New Statesman 'Powerful reading' -- Guardianshow more

About Alice Miller

Alice Miller is the author of many bestselling books including Breaking Down the Walls of Silence (1992) and The Drama of Being a Child (1995).show more

Table of contents

Foreword by Lloyd deMauss Preface to the 1998 edition Introduction 1. Psychoanalysis: Dogma vs Experience 2. Early Childhood Reality and Psychoanalytic Practice 3. Why is the Truth so Scandalous? 4. But the Truth will Out Afterword Appendix Bibliographyshow more

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