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Alice Miller (1923-2010) Polish psychologist, author

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The more I live, the more I think that humour is the saving sense. - Alice Miller


There are people who have benefited from therapy without being confronted with the past at all. - Alice Miller


Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on. - Alice Miller


Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn. - Alice Miller


It is possible to resolve childhood repression safely and without confusion - something that has always been disputed by the most respected schools of thought. - Alice Miller


Wherever I look, I see signs of the commandment to honor one's parents and nowhere of a commandment that calls for the respect of a child. - Alice Miller


Sadism is not an infectious disease that strikes a person all of a sudden. It has a long prehistory in childhood and always originates in the desperate fantasies of a child who is searching for a way out of a hopeless situation. - Alice Miller


When a woman like that whom I've seen so much, All of a sudden drops out of touch; Is always busy and never can, Spare you a moment, it means a man - Alice Miller


The results of any traumatic experience, such as abuse, can only be resolved by experiencing, articulating, and judging every facet of the original experience within a process of careful therapeutic disclosure. - Alice Miller


It is very difficult for people to believe the simple fact that every persecutor was once a victim. Yet it should be very obvious that someone who was allowed to feel free and strong from childhood does not have the need to humiliate another person. - Alice Miller