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Fantombilden Alice Miller – Hur trauman och känslomässiga sår ärvs i generationer / The Phantom Alice Miller – The relation between trauma, emotional wounds and generation inheritance  

(For english—scroll down) 

Alice Miller är en historiskt kontroversiell författare och psykoanalytiker. Hon föddes i 20-talets Polen, var verksam i Schweiz och senare Frankrike. Hennes tre första böcker blev stort uppmärksammade i slutet på 70-talet. De har hyllats världen över för sitt känslostarka språk och för första gången lyftes barnets perspektiv fram utan kompromisser. Alice ansåg att om förälderns eller omhändertagarens egna känslomässiga sår inte bearbetas, överförs det vidare på ett eller annat sätt, ofta i destruktiv riktning genom utåtagerande och kontroll. Barnet utvecklar därför omedvetet, för att överleva -ett falskt själv.

Alice har en son som heter Martin, som arbetat som psykoterapeut i 40 år. 2013 ger Martin ut en bok som handlar om sin mor och hur krigstrauman påverkar individen. Boken heter “The True “Drama of the Gifted Child”: The Phantom Alice Miller — The Real Person” och översattes fem år senare, den finns att beställa på amazon.

Martins mor växte upp i en typisk judisk medelklassfamilj i Warsawa i samband med att andra världskriget bröt ut. Ganska snabbt skaffade hon ett falskt pass och lyckades smuggla ut sig ur Warsawa-ghettot—därefter levde hon under pseudonym i en katolsk familj. Hon ska också till slut ha lyckats smuggla ut sin mor och syster men inte pappan, som i stället blev kvar inne i ghettot till stor del på grund av sin utpräglade judiskortodoxa bakgrund. Martin ger sin version om vem hans mamma och pappa var, och hur Alice erfarenheter och beteende kom att påverka hans uppväxt. (nedanför engelska översättningen hittar du citat av Martin Miller i en relativt ny intervju av Daniel Mackler)

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Alice Miller is a historically controversial writer and psychoanalyst. She is born in the 20’s of Poland but was active in Switzerland and later France. Her first three books became widely known in the late 70’s. They have praised globally for their emotional language and for the first time the child’s perspective was raised without compromises. She has though been critized for having a low science credibility and for being very sensitive for criticism. Alice considered that if the parent’s or caregiver’s own emotional wounds are not processed, it is passed on in one way or another to future generations, often in a destructive way. The child therefore unconsciously develop a false self, in order to survive.

Alice has a son named Martin, who worked as a psychotherapist for 40 years. In 2013, Martin published a book about his mother and how a war trauma affects the individual. The book is called “The True” Drama of the Gifted Child “: Phantom Alice Miller – The Real Person” and was translated to english five years later, it can be ordered at Amazon.

Martin’s mother grew up in a typical Jewish middle-class family in Warsaw when the World War II shocked Europe. Quickly, she obtained a false passport and managed to smuggle herself out of the Warsaw Ghetto — then she lived under a pseudonym in a Catholic family. She will eventually have managed to also smuggle out her mother and sister but not her father, which remained in the ghetto to a great extent because of his distinctive Jewish orthodox background. Martin gives his version of who his mother and father were, and how Alice Miller’s experiences and behavior came to affect his youth and life.

My mother split off her war trauma completely. She was forced to live in Warsaw as a jewish girl under a false name, in order to survive. She was blackmailed by my own father who cooperated with the gestapo. Desperately, in her books, she tried to correct her self-image. She created an Alice Miller who was a good mother, which helped her to split off her own failure as a mother towards me. This is normal. When you are a victim of the holocaust, if you have war trauma, its very common to split off the experience of the war. My mother never overcame these experiences and has never discussed or processed them in her own therapies. When you dont process this, many will, in different ways, project the experience of the war onto the next generation.”

(Interview Martin Miller by Daniel Mackler 2018)