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 problem.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0745313361
  • 9780745313368

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).
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Table of contents

Foreword by Lloyd deMauss

Preface to the 1998 edition


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



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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' -- Guardian
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