8: Alice Miller on Depression

Alice Miller was a Swiss thinker and psychoanalyst. Her book The Drama of the Gifted Child describes depression as the result of a person’s suppression/repression of their emotions due, according to her, to a parent in childhood making that necessary. I think there’s something to her theory, though her view of parents is pretty dark in general. To her they must be evil to do that, I guess. So they’re all evil.

Anyway, for all the sensation she seemed to cause back around 1981, I don’t see her thoughts represented in modern theories of depression. What happened?

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