ALICE MILLER ON MORALITY AND POISONOUS PEDAGOGY

Parental Alienation

Alice Miller, the former psychoanalyst, has gained world renown for her controversial and provocative writings on child rearing. Miller contends that traditional child rearing practices—in schools, ecclesiastical settings, and the
family—consist of physical and emotional cruelty that she labels “poisonous pedagogy.” According to Miller, children who are subjected to such treatment have no recourse other than to repress their anger, rage and resentment for their abusive parents. The reason they have no recourse is in great part due to the
effects of moral, religious, and ideological principles that convince the child such treatment is “for your own good.” This repressed anger is vented years later when the victims have a convenient target; namely, their own children (or for teachers, their students). Hence, the cycle of poisonous pedagogy is perpetuated from generation to generation. While much attention has been given to Miller’s psychological theories (particularly the psychological effects of “spanking”), there…

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About madisonelizabethbaylis

Father of Kevin, Jenvey and Maddie. Being alienated from Maddie due to the fact that after her mother divorced me and remarried she cut me out of my daughter´s life. I then rekindled my relationship with the mother of my boys and since then Melissa is hell bend on allienating and abusing Maddie
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