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
Have you ever wondered how narcissists and sociopaths (narcopaths) are so highly skilled at control and manipulation tactics without ever having stepped foot in an advanced psychology classroom? Were you ever curious how by some means they instinctively know how to take a smart, successful and happy person and methodically dismantle their self-worth and self-esteem to smithereens so covertly that the target is completely unaware that it’s even happening until it is too late? Have you said to yourself, “It’s like they all went to the same Jim Jones University of Narcopathy or they all must have read the same Narcopath For Dummies book?”
Narcopaths are innately born masters of the art of manipulation. They set their traps long before they are ever sprung. They deliberately ensnare their targets like skilled trappers catch prey. Once captured, the narcopath erodes the target’s self-esteem and self-worth with such insidious stealth as to make the target believe they are to blame and that they are the one who has disappointed the narcopath.
All narcopaths use a combination of classic brainwashing techniques, behavior modification methods and various forms of ambient abuse. The narcopath meticulously and systematically executes these tactics with the intuitiveness of a psychic and the savagery of a beast.
The 8 essential steps and requirements for successful brainwashing and covert manipulation are:
- Lack of remorse and guilt about causing emotional harm to the target.
- Lower the target’s guard through love bombing in the form of excessive showers of flattery, adoration and praise.
- Isolate the target.
- Camouflage the hidden agenda, intentions and manipulative behaviors.
- Uncover the psychological vulnerabilities of the target to determine what tactics are likely to be most effective.
- Expose the target to mixed messages by alternating love and kindness with cruelty and criticism.
- Manage the target down by creating an atmosphere of unpredictability and chaos which constantly keeps the target walking on egg shells.
- Erode the target’s identity using various forms of ambient abuse such as; guilt tripping, blame-shifting, projection, gas-lighting and triangulation.
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In Children Held Hostage, Stanley Clawar and Brynne Rivlin use important new research involving over 1,000 families to demonstrate that children can and are being used by parents in the divorce battle. Their research shows how negative actions by parents toward their children show up in court proceedings where children testify or are questioned by mental health professionals. The major issue in confronting this problem of programmed and brainwashed children has been identification of a child alienated by one parent against the other; proving it in court; and then finding a solution that not only works, but that a court will buy into. The updated edition of Children Held Hostage explains these issues in detail, with practice-focused explanations on every step in the process. The authors offer further insights into gender issues and differences. Other new material includes a social-psychological profile of programmers and brainwashers; identification of the most commonly asked questions by judges, target parents, lawyers and children; an expanded social explanation to the causes, impact, and interventions; development of an abductor profile; charts to visualize key findings and processes; and much more.