Reading Wednesday

Wed, Dec. 4th, 2013 11:39 am
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I read!

What have you read? I finished Anuja Chauhan's The Battle for Bittora a few days ago, and I even managed to write it up.

What are you reading? Kind of a cheat, since I actually started it two weeks ago, but I am a chapter or two into Alice Miller's The Drama of the Gifted Child. Despite having been forewarned of the general mother blaming in the book, I am still appalled by how much there is. Yes, let's guilt mothers more for post-partum depression and maybe showing a little bit of negative emotion due to nursing not going perfectly! Also, I seem to think more much has to happen to traumatize a kid than Alice Miller does. (I.e. Being laughed at for asking for your own ice cream cone and being offered bites from the parents' cones probably is not going to have that huge of a psychological impact unless there's already some really emotionally abusive stuff happening.) That said, still has some good bits on what happens when you are the child who must somehow suppress yourself to emotionally comfort your parents. You just have to rewrite a lot in your head so it only applies to emotional abuse and not "mothers making any sort of mistake ever."

What are you reading next? Who knows! Hopefully I will be reading, period.

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Thu, Dec. 5th, 2013 01:06 am (UTC)
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Hello, my clone. I see we had the exact same reaction to the Miller book, all the way down to the WTF at the ice cream cone story.

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Thu, Dec. 5th, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
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Thank you both for giving me permission to give away the Miller book, which my Freud-is-the-Best sister handed to me in one of our 15-minute reconciliations as "the answer to all me problems."

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