Divorce and parental alienation may lead to stress‐related disorders and suicide in men . Divorced and separated men are nearly 2.4 times more likely to kill themselves than married men . Family breakdown leads to many difficulties for men including the possibility of parental alienation. Parental alienation is usually defined as a mental state in which a child, usually one whose parents are engaged in a high‐conflict separation or divorce, allies himself firmly with one parent (the preferred parent) and refuses a relationship with the other parent (the alienated parent) without legitimate justification . Fathers who have lost some or all contact with their children for a long time following separation or divorce may become depressed and suicidal.
Parents and Children. Children are very dependent upon their parents, so they make easy targets of brainwashing. In fact, some of the worst hypnosis and brainwashing occurs in families. It varies in severity and might just be simple conditioning of the child to act or speak in certain ways. Too often, it is far worse and involves beating, humiliating, embarrassing, and raping children at a young age. This is especially the case in Russia and the Middle Eastern nations.
At times, clever children turn the tables and effectively train their parents to do exactly as they child wishes by throwing temper tantrums and other tactics. Such children often have a hard time as adults because adults are harder to manipulate using temper tantrums.
Brainwashing children is a crime executed by a dysfunctional parent willing to strip children of their self- esteem to accomplish their own revenge against an ex-lover. Those of us impacted by Parental Alienation know that memories can be changed. We have seen it happen. We have helplessly watched as our children’s self-identity is vengefully pulled from them, twisted, manipulated, and reprogrammed until a new person emerges that is consumed by hate.
Written by a cult survivor and renowned expert on cults and totalitarianism, Terror, Love and Brainwashing draws on the author’s 25 years of study and research to explain how almost anyone, given the right set of circumstances, can be radically manipulated to engage in otherwise incomprehensible and often dangerous acts.
This important book offers clarity and a unique perspective on the dynamics of these systems of control, and concludes with guidance to foster greater awareness and prevention. It will be essential reading for mental health professionals in the field, as well as policy makers, legal professionals, cult survivors, and their families, as well as anyone with an interest in these disturbing groups. Students of social and developmental psychology will also find it fascinating.
Source: Brainwashing – Part 2
Most child psychiatrists have encountered warring separated or divorced parents, where one or even both are determined to exclude the other from contact with the children. This is accomplished by convincing the children that the other parent is disinterested, drunk, dangerous or otherwise unfit to parent them. This is a minefield for the unwary psychiatrist, replete with misinterpretations, mistaken assumptions, or downright lies. Great difficulties can be encountered with children who have been thoroughly brainwashed and programmed.
They are completely unaware of, and unable to comprehend, how they have been misled.
This book promised a better understanding of this problem, and some guidelines for management.