Alice Miller’s Powerchord


The opening graph to Alice Miller’s classic, Prisoners of Childhood: The Search For The True Self, (original title) strikes like a bell. I never tire of reading it:

“We live in a culture that encourages us not to take our own suffering seriously, but rather to make light of it or even to laugh about it. What is more, this attitude is regarded as a virtue, and many people–of whom I used to be one–are proud of their lack of sensitivity toward their own fate and particularly their fate as a child. I have tried to demonstrate in my books why the disastrous belief that this attitude is a desirable one has been held so tenaciously and to point out the tragic conditions it helps to conceal.”

—Alice Miller, The Drama of The Gifted Child: The Search For The True Self

2 thoughts on “Alice Miller’s Powerchord”

  1. I love that we take ourselves so seriously, yet take our former selves so lightly.
    Vonnegut posited that the Tralfamadorians, forth-dimensional beings, see us as
    A wormlike being, baby at one end, granny at the other, all moments

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