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The missing link between Freud and Oprah

Posted May 07 2010 1:31pm
Theories come and go. The legacy lives on, however, in families harmed by unfounded ideas and in attractive psychobabble and in a cultural bias toward freeing the mentally ill from their families.

Alice Miller, Psychoanalyst, Dies at 87 - Laid Human Problems to Parental Acts

I'm a daughter and a mother, and I believe in the power of mothers to do great good and great harm. But there are some things we have neither the power to do nor to prevent. The legacy of judging the parent by the depth of illness in the child is not only unhelpful it is corrosive to all families it touches.
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