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For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of… (1980)

by Alice Miller

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I really liked this book by Alice Miller. In three distinct cases (and more) it outlines the childhood origins of destructive and self-destructive behaviour with empathetic objectivity. It also warns against "learning to regard human beings as machines in order to gain a better understanding of how they function." ( )
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Was für ein Glück für die Regierenden, daß die Menschen nicht denken. (Adolf Hitler)
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Jeder, der einmal Mutter oder Vater war and nicht in einer perfekten Verleugnung lebt, weiß aus eigener Erfahrung, wie schwer es einem Menschen fallen kann, bestimmte Seiten seines Kindes zu tolerieren.
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Miller explores the backgrounds of extreme cases of self-destructive and violent individuals to further her theories on longterm consequences of abusive childrearing. Her conclusions about what creates a drug addict, a murderer, even a Hitler, stray far from psychoanalytic dogma about human nature. Miller paints a jolting picture of the violent world each generation helps shape when traditional upbringing, with its hidden cruelty, is perpetuated. She also offers a way out by striving to resensitize the child in the adult, to unlock an emotional life frozen in repression.

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Explores the backgrounds of extreme cases of self-destructive and violent individuals to further her theories on long term consequences of abusive child rearing.

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