As a Bystander
Given this picture, bystanders may wish to stand well away, rather than get caught up in such a nightmare. But this is a situation where standing back actively helps the nightmare continue. Often it is only the bystanders – family, friends, neighbors, ordinary and specialist professionals – who can make a difference to such an entrenched situation, by saying something to someone, by reading about alienation, and by talking to other bystanders or professionals.
Bystanders: please do more than stand by and watch a child’s true self be rubbed out.