Recognizing a Severely Alienated Child
- They have a relentless hatred for/towards the targeted parent.
- They parrot the Obsessed Alienator.
- The child does not want to visit or spend any time with the targeted parent.
- Many of the child’s beliefs are enmeshed with the alienator.
- The beliefs are delusional and frequently irrational.
- They are not intimidated by the court.
- Frequently, their reasons are not based on personal experiences with the targeted parent but reflect what they are told by the Obsessed Alienator. They have difficulty making any distinction between the two.
- The child has no ambivalence in his or her feelings; it’s all hatred with no ability to see the good.
- They have no capacity to feel guilty about how they behave towards the targeted parent or forgive any past indiscretions.
- They share the Obsessed Alienators cause. Together, they are in lockstep to denigrate the hated parent.
- The children’s obsessional hatred extends to the targeted parent’s extended family without any guilt or remorse.
- They can appear like normal healthy children until asked about the targeted parent that triggers their hatred.
Information Provided by: Douglas Darnell, Ph.D.