The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self
By Alice Miller
Why this book?
This book literally changed my life. It explores the question of why so many people who could be considered successful and thriving on the outside still have intense feelings of alienation and emptiness.
I myself had a childhood where I often felt alone and misunderstood. Isolated at school, and constantly trying to live up to the expectations of my family at home. Then as a young adult, I would do things I’m not particularly proud of. I would ask myself, “Why am I doing this!?” It was a question I could never answer until I read this book. What Alice Miller does with her writing here is explain why we do what we do and how our unique pasts have led to each of us behaving the way we do.
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