Martin Miller's new book, "The Tragedy of Alice Miller", was published in Germany in earlier this year. It reveals some shocking things about Alice Miller's life history and about how she mistreated Martin, her own son! An article in a German magazine presents his account of what happened:http://www.tagesspiegel.de/kultur/martin-millers-buch
I'm very grateful to the contributor on Barbara Rogers' site who translated it so much better than Google's clumsy version:http://screamsfromchildhood.com/martin_miller.html
No doubt many Alice Miller readers will go into denial about this because they regarded her as an infallible guru.... a saviour beyond reproach by mere mortals. Just like the people on Daniel Mackler's old forum [now gone] who tried to excuse Alice Miller's abominable behaviour towards our host, Dennis, when he participated in Alice Miller's original forum [now gone].
Let me give you an example. If you go straight to the comments at the end of this blog post
by an Alice Miller disciple you'll see what I mean. They are accusing Martin of "repressed anger" and other bad things. Note that "DM" refers to Daniel Mackler and "BR" refers to Barbara Rogers. Daniel Mackler wrote an essay titled "An Analysis of the Limits of Alice Miller'
Daniel Mackler wrote:
Can she truly believe that a single understanding person who witnesses a child for his truth one mere time is enough to make up for a whole childhood of abuse and stop its replication in adulthood? Then again, we must remember that she wrote these words in 1988, within the backdrop of believing herself already fully cured by Stettbacher and his method. Regardless, it is comforting wishful thinking for a “sometimes careless and neglecting” parent to believe that others might spare her child his inevitable place in the intergenerational trauma cycle.
I believe this older child that Alice Miller refers to is her son. She wrote about him in 1980 in the preface to For Your Own Good (Am Anfang war Erziehung). Her words are telling.
"Countless conversations with my son, Martin Miller, played an equally important role in this learning process. Again and again, he forced me to become aware of my unconscious compulsions, internalized during childhood and stemming from the upbringing common to my generation. His full, clear account of his experiences is partially responsible for my own liberation from the compulsions, a liberation that could be achieved only after I had developed an ear for the sophisticated and minute nuances of the pedagogical approach [that she addresses in the book]. Before writing down many of the ideas developed here, I discussed them thoroughly with my son. [p. xvii]"
I found myself truly surprised to read that Alice Miller, perhaps the greatest writer of her generation to hear the child’s hidden truth behind his manifested behavior, had not considered the possibility that her own son might have some motive to protect his mother. Clearly she was looking to her now adult child for support and rationalization of her own denial. This to me is like the slave-owner of a pre-Civil War plantation asking his slaves if they like their lot in life. What are they supposed to say?
And this is what Barbara Rogers had to say about Martin Miller's revelations:http://screamsfromchildhood.com/martin_ ... eview.html
As some forum members may know, Sinead O'Connor was a follower of Alice Miller's advice concerning therapy. See how it turned out by reading this:viewtopic.php?f=1&t=189&p=2314#p2282