by William Van Ornum, Ph.D. on
The New York Times today announced the death of Alice Miller.
Dr. Miller is a writer in the psychoanalytic tradition who did not publisher her first book until her late forties and much experience in the field. The Gifted Child was the first of many books written by a first-class intellect who had the great courage to study the entanglement of child development, parenthood, and child abuse, using her own sad experiences as a starting point to help others. Her writings have inspired debate and discussion, but her dedication to children remains unquestioned and will remain a legacy to inspire others.