Paths of Life: Seven Scenarios

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Pantheon Books, 1998 - Psychology - 188 pages
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"Her writing is lovely, and speaks to the nature of the human soul."--Newsday

From the world-famous Swiss psychologist whose bookThe Drama of the Gifted Childhas become a classic, here are seven "life stories" exploring the countless ways in which our families and our childhood experiences form us and turn us into the people we are today.

How do early experiences of love or suffering affect our adult relationships? What effect is child abuse likely to have on the victim's later life? How does hatred evolve and take root? How do people develop into cult leaders or political tyrants? Through the seven hypothetical scenarios and two essays that make up Paths of Life, Miller examines these questions and many others. Her narratives demonstrate that with knowledge and understanding of our past we have the power to change our future, freeing ourselves from the curse of repeating our parents' mistakes. In this, her eighth book, Alice Miller has given us yet another wise and profound study of the inestimable importance of childhood.

"Alice Miller wrote the book on narcissistic parents and the havoc they wreak on children. Twenty years later, she's still on the case with a new book and even more radical ideas."--Mirabella

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PATHS OF LIFE: Seven Scenarios

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A few good stories, but otherwise not much is new in these seven short fictions depicting characters struggling with, and sometimes growing beyond, "traces of earlier fears, uncertainties and ... Read full review


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Alice Miller lives in Switzerland.

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