- Expletives and Bad-mouthing: The child denigrates the alienated parent with foul language and severe oppositional behavior.
- Excuses without Foundation: The child offers weak, absurd or frivolous reasons for his or her anger.
- Consistently Negative: The child is sure of him or herself, never swaying from a negative connotation. He/she doesn’t demonstrate confused emotions (i.e. love and hate) for the alienated parent, only the negative hate.
- Self-righteous: The child exhorts that he or she alone came up with ideas of denigration. The “independent-thinker” phenomenon is where the child asserts that no one told him to do this.
- Protective: supports and feels a need to protect the alienating parent.
- Lack of Empathy: the child does not demonstrate guilt over cruelty towards the alienated parent.
- Lying & embellishing: the child uses borrowed scenarios or vividly describes situations that he or she could not have experienced.
- Anger: Animosity is spread to the friends and/or extended family of the alienated parent.