There is much discussion of anal/oral fixations and Oedipal compulsions. It was as if the author more or less used the language of her time (the 70's) to justify her thinking. However, there is one point that is very strong: When a mother is not properly and lovingly raised as a unique person when she is a child, she will find it difficult to allow her own children to grow up with their own unique identies. I have seen this in my own childhood.
(Subhead: The Search for the True Self.) Identifying how parents treat children and how the world appears to children as they're indoctrinated into rules, expectations and attitudes all around them... chapter titles are: I - The Drama of the Gifted Child and the Psychoanalyst's Narcissistic Disturbance. __ - Depression and Grandiosity as Related Forms of Narcissistic Disturbance. III - The Vicious Circle of Contempt.
This is a very compelling book to read. While we deny our childhood traumas, this book provokes a sense of sadness deep inside ourselves. I do not recommend reading this without therapy. Otherwise, you will experience more anxiety, since it does not give you instructions on how to recover from these revelations.
Very psycho-babbley. Bleak, whiny, and depressing. p.s. As the author gets to quickly, gifted in this title does not refer to smart, it refers to abused. Perhaps if I'd read the back of the book, I would not have been so disappointed.
The "drama" of the gifted- ie sensative, alet- child consists of his/her ecognition at a very early ageof his/her parents' needs and of adaptation to those needs.
Dr. Miller discusses the experience of childrens' inability to experience authentic emotions.She tries to help them regain the lost capacity for genuine feeling.