Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Alice Miller and Darcia Narvaez

I would like to recommend the books of Alice Miller, a German psychotherapist, which opened my eyes to a deeper level of understanding than I had received in training as a child psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London. By opening up to her childhood feelings, Alice was able to identify 'the true origin of the vein of ferocity which runs through human relationships everywhere'. The methods recommended by paediatricians to impose obedience and firm discipline on young babies up until recently, are revealed as cruel and damaging to helpless infants. Darcia Narvaez, in her book, Neurobiology and the development of Morality, has shown in detail how the true needs of the child, when not met by parents or carers, eg when a baby is left to cry themselves to sleep, a very common practice, can damage the development of the child and produce anxiety and depression later in life.

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