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The Drama of the Gifted Child

The Search for the True Self

by Alice Miller

This best-selling book examines childhood trauma and the enduring effects it has on an individual's management of repressed anger and pain.

Why are many of the most successful people plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation? This wise and profound audiobook has provided millions of people with an answer - and has helped them to apply it to their own lives.

Far too many of us had to learn as children to hide our own feelings, needs, and memories skillfully in order to meet our parents' expectations and win their "love". Alice Miller writes, "When I used the word 'gifted' in the title, I had in mind neither children who receive high grades in school nor children talented in a special way. I simply meant all of us who have survived an abusive childhood thanks to an ability to adapt even to unspeakable cruelty by becoming numb.... Without this 'gift' offered us by nature, we would not have survived."

But merely surviving is not enough. The Drama of the Gifted Child helps us to reclaim our life by discovering our own crucial needs and our own truth.

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Categories: Health & WellnessPsychology & Mental Health

Reading time: 23 hours


Whitney Cummings
Comedian, Actress, Producer, Writer, Director and Podcaster

I give The Drama of the Gifted Child a lot to people. If you’re a creative person, if you have any kind of anxiety or discomfort, just read it. It’s hard to sum up.