Breaking Down the Wall of Silence: The Liberating Experience by Alice Miller

By Alice Miller

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1991

Miller contains psycho-historical analyses of Hitler, Stalin, and Ceausescu to bare the hyperlinks among the horrors in their childhoods and the horrors they inflicted at the international. She pleads for an wisdom of society’s position in baby abuse and for acceptance of the sufferer.

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But surely we don’t want to again pay the price for forgetfulness. It is especially tragic that the destructive and misleading idea of healing by forgetting should be recommended to precisely those who were victims of the Holocaust. It is not true that post-traumatic illness can be healed by forgetting, despite the fact that many people try to heal it in just this way. qxd 30 10/13/08 11:41 AM Page 30 b r e a k i n g d ow n t h e wa l l o f s i l e n c e other people—their children, patients, students, or the soldiers who have to die in the “holy wars” perpetrated because those who initiate them refuse to remember.

Every one of us, I am sure, could recount volumes if we ceased to tolerate the wall of silence in us and dared to feel. All too many people have reason not to wish to be reminded of the harrowing experiences of childhood. qxd 14 10/13/08 11:41 AM Page 14 b r e a k i n g d ow n t h e wa l l o f s i l e n c e versions of it. That there is indeed such a thing as the truth of facts doesn’t seem to concern them. That shouldn’t, however, prevent others from seeing through the deception. There are no limits to the intellectual ruses used to repress the truth.

How is a child meant to learn except by being taught a lesson, anyway? One shouldn’t constantly dramatize perfectly harmless events and keep writing about them. ” That most people speak like this is a well-known fact. But I was amazed to hear such words from analysts when I raised the question of child abuse in conventional upbringing. They seemed truly not to know what I was talking about. I thought, if they spend eight hours per day listening to the victims of child abuse, then they must know more than people in other walks of life.

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