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The Body Never Lies Audiobook

The Body Never Lies: The Lingering Effects of Hurtful Parenting

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Publisher's Summary

An examination of childhood trauma and its surreptitious, debilitating effects by one of the world's leading psychoanalysts.

Never before has world-renowned psychoanalyst Alice Miller examined so persuasively the long-range consequences of childhood abuse on the body. Using the experiences of her patients along with the biographical stories of literary giants such as Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, and Marcel Proust, Miller shows how a child's humiliation, impotence, and bottled rage will manifest itself as adult illness - be it cancer, stroke, or other debilitating diseases. Never one to shy away from controversy, Miller urges society as a whole to jettison its belief in the Fourth Commandment and not to extend forgiveness to parents whose tyrannical childrearing methods have resulted in unhappy, and often ruined, adult lives. In this empowering work, writes Rutgers professor Philip Greven, "[listeners] will learn how to confront the overt and covert traumas of their own childhoods with the enlightened guidance of Alice Miller."

©2005 Alice Miller (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Mr. John A. Calabro 31/03/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "A interesting look into child abuse and the affects at can last"

    This book has some important insights into the world of the pain that most of us have been through in our early upbringing. Alice Miller does not hold back from what she would call child abuse. It can be at times hard to listen to, as the book brought back memories and feeling of the pain and shame suffered at the hands of my mother. I most enjoy listening to other people stories in the book and how some over come the shame work while it sad to others continue to down a path of suffering that outlasted their parents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Wendy Tuck
    PARKERSBURG, WV, US
    20/08/15
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    "Insight into the way parenting impacts children"

    The way Alice Miller uncompromisingly looks at abuse, neglect, and mistreatment of children from the child's point of view is truly an eye opener. She exposes the beliefs and emotions that adults experience as a result of harmful, even cruel parenting. She liberates the reader from having to retain a helpless dependency on their parents out of guilt, obligation, or an insistence on forgiving and honoring one's parents. She gives many examples of famous and ordinary people whose bodies never lied, although many remained unconscious of their own biography and suffered. Fascinating book, great storytelling, and such a beacon of hope for treating our children much much better.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Queanbeyan, Australia
    27/10/13
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    "A healing experience"
    What made the experience of listening to The Body Never Lies the most enjoyable?

    It's great that 'honour thy mother and thy father' is questioned in this book. There are some parents who should not be honoured.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Body Never Lies?

    Don't know about moments but the whole book questions the way abused children are told to 'forgive' and 'honour' those who abused them when our bodies are telling us that our truth is so important.


    What does Sara Clinton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A caring genuine sounding approach I suppose.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Body Never Lies?

    It gives you the freedom to accept how you feel, to be understanding of yourself instead of being understanding of the abuser.


    Any additional comments?

    Good work.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    24/08/16
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    "Remarkably Enlightened"

    This was the first time I have ever heard a self help book about abuse not ask me to forgive. It was such a relief. I feel clarity in my journey after hearing it's ok for me to be angry and not to forgive. I still have a relationship with my parents. I have no intention on stopping it. Today I have a new approach, be angry when you need to be, it's acceptable, there's no need to rush forgiveness.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • T. Villa
    seattle
    23/02/16
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    "revealing"

    Very insightful book on the negative effects of religious moral code on victims of abuse.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • alejandra
    Merida, Mexico
    29/04/17
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    "too much drama"

    I Think it is only pinpointing problems without offering any solution. It is just repetitive, no way out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lykke A.
    17/08/17
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    "A Mind blowing Alice Miller - listen!!"

    This is a truly inspiring book - I recommend it to every one that is searching for meaning in why lots and lots of humans are repeating their fathers' or mothers' paths - it is an interesting and new angle to why we suffer. I am a fan of Gurdjieff, Ouspenskij and the standard litterateur on psychology but this is outstanding

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Casiano
    Maywood, IL, United States
    17/06/17
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    "Confused!"

    Honestly, i kept thinking this author needs therapy!
    The message feels extremely negative. Her 'opinion' on religious issues should be just that....HER opinion. But to continuously recommend going against honoring your parents and doing away with the fourth commandment is questionable. Parents only know how to do what they know how to do. They will have to answer to those things. But
    Forgiveness is a part of healing yourself! I was a child of abuse also, but i forgive my parents. I have know idea what trauma they were subjected to. I, now, need to take responsibility of my own life. There are some helpful suggestions, but i could not get around hearing 'HER' issues in this book. I had a lot of SMH (shaking my head) moments. Not sure if I'd recommend it to others for 'help',
    but maybe so get other opinions and insights.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crystal todd
    fayetteville
    2/05/17
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    "I agree with the author, but I was looking."

    I learned about this book from another psychologist that I respect very well. I was hoping to get ideas as to what signals the body is trying to tell you. This book was more of an overview and understanding that childhood trauma cause the issue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keb
    Hampshire, IL
    24/02/16
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    "Fraud knew this in the 1890s but he had to..,"

    recant his story due to his peers pressure.
    This was a good read and there is a lot of truth to what the author tells us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GML
    Sunny Delray Beach
    31/01/16
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    "Why did I not get this sooner?"

    Sometime authors who write on the same theme are repetitive....this is NOT the case for this book or its famous predecessor (Drama of the Gifted Child).

    I really liked the kind, conversational tone of the narrator, as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • s mccullough
    1/06/15
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    "An incredible work"

    Eye opening and groundbreaking stuff. Revealing and insightful it has really given me an understanding of why there is so much dysfunction in our society

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • jane smyth
    14/01/17
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    "Wonderful, inciteful....commonsense"

    Love it. More books on audible from Alice Miller please. Listen to your body, own and accept your own truths. Everyone should read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • beloved
    3/06/16
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    "An Eye opener "

    I love this book. Alice Miller is a clear, profound and insightful woman and her book reflect that.
    The only thing I would complaint about its that maybe the narrator was a bit to fast in his reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AGGELOS IOAKIMIDES
    United States
    8/09/15
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    "Valuable message, piece of a puzzle"

    As a part of a series of books about how we are wired to operate, it makes good sense and explains in an emotional way, how we are connected as minds to our body, if only by the end results of our lives. This book only lacks two things, in my opinion: better connection to the mechanisms and reactions of our body to our experiences, and what exactly is the term "cruel parenting" with a fair understanding of how "the perpetrators" are doing their wrong and when exactly. It is a complementary book to others such as "stumbling onto happiness" and "welcome to your child's brain", in order to get the idea. I liked a lot the fictional diary in the book which explains in an experiential way what the writer wanted to say but was "missing the nail". Overall worth the money and time. A piece of the puzzle for further self development or even for a professional to include in their sphere of view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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