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Unread November 25th, 2005, 11:20 AM
Henry Stein Henry Stein is offline
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Default Re: Discussion of CCWAA, Vol. 7, Chapt. IV & V (Compulsion Neurosis & Pampered Children)

Alice Miller, the author of For Your Own Good, summarizes her thesis about the effects of abusive parenting on an entire culture in "Adolf Hitler: How Could a Monster Succeed in Blinding a Nation?" online at She begins her article with:

"What good fortune for those in power that people do not think" - Adolf Hitler, as quoted by Joachim Fest.

Is it still possible in today's Germany to escape the realization that without the mistreatment of children, without a form of child-rearing based on violence to inculcate blind obedience, there would not have been a Hitler and his followers? And thus not millions of murdered victims either? Probably every thinking person in the post-war period has wondered at some time or other how it could have happened that a human being devised a gigantic machinery of death and found millions of helpers to set it in motion.
It would be interesting to extend Miller's argument to the issues of parental pampering and neglect. The epidemics of greed, corruption, and indifference that have infected American corporations and politics might also be facilitated by several generations of parental indulgence and deprivation. Do we also have leaders that embody the unconscious ideals of the masses?
Henry T. Stein, Ph.D,

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