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What Makes Alienating Parents Tick?

What makes an alienating parent tick? Do they suddenly wake up one day, go into revenge-mode, and begin attempting to destroy their child’s relationship with the other parent? Obviously not. The roots of amputative behavior are present (and sometimes hidden) before the abuse begins. In psychological researcher Amy J. L. Baker, PhD’s important book, Breaking the […]

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The Parenting Practices Rating Scale

Originally posted on Dr. Craig Childress: Attachment Based "Parental Alienation" (AB-PA):
The Parenting Practices Rating Scale is designed to document the clinical assessment of parenting by the targeted parent.  The scale contains four primary items: 1.)  Category Level of Parenting: Item 1, the Category Level of Parenting, identifies deviant-abusive parenting relative to broadly…

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Logotherapy: Viktor Frankl’s Theory of Meaning

What is Logotherapy? A Definition According to Viktor Frankl, “logotherapy focuses on the search for the meaning of human existence” (Frankl, 1958). The main idea behind logotherapy is “that lack of meaning is the chief source of stress as well as anxiety, and logotherapy aids the patients to reach the meaning of life” (Faramarzi & Bavali, 2017). […]

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Recommended Reading from the British Psychoanalytical Society

Grosz, S., (2014), The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves, Vintage. (Visit Stephen Grosz’s website here) Bateman, A. and Holmes, J. (1995) Introduction to Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Theory and Practice, London: Routledge. Bud, S. and Rusbridger, R. (2005) Introducing Psychoanalysis: Essential Themes and Topics, London: Routledge. Cohen, J. (2005) How to Read Freud, London: Granta. Milton, J., Polmear, C. and Fabricius, […]

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The British Psychoanalytical Society: the oldest psychoanalytic organisation in the UK.

A rich history of psychoanalytic thinkers and pioneers Our alumni include some of the most important figures in the history of psychoanalysis, including Michael Balint, Wilfred Bion, John Bowlby, Anna Freud, Melanie Klein , Joseph Sandler, Hannah Segal and  Donald Winnicott. And we continue to have as members world renowned psychoanalysts at the forefront of psychoanalytic practice. Some […]

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Ronald Fairbairn -British Psychoanalytical Society

In 1931 Fairbairn became an associate member of the British Psychoanalytical Society on the basis of his psychoanalytic writings to date (he became a full member in 1939), and in the mid-30s withdrew from his university position in order to enter into fulltime psychoanalytic practice. For many years he was the sole analyst working in […]

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Alice Miller (psychologist)

Miller extended the trauma model to include all forms of child abuse, including those that were commonly accepted (such as spanking), which she called poisonous pedagogy, a non-literal translation of Katharina Rutschky‘s Schwarze Pädagogik (black or dark pedagogy/imprinting).[5][23] Drawing upon the work of psychohistory, Miller analyzed writers Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka and others to find links between their childhood traumas and the course and outcome of their lives.[24] […]

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Nick Child, B.Sc., MBChB, MRCPsych, M.Phil.

Nick passionately believes that the best way for the world to become aware, to educate children, adults and professionals, and to prevent and stop all kinds of undue influence, in and outside of families, is to team up together against them all.  He has also found plenty of rich learning to transfer across from one […]

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Parental Abduction and Alienation: A Discussion with Psychiatrist Nick Child

A few weeks ago, I spoke to a gathering of a group of parentally alienated mothers and fathers in Waltham, Massachusetts. Parental alienation is a phenomenon where children are turned against one of their parents (either mother or father) by the other parent, usually when there is a divorce, without good reason. In some cases, […]

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The comparison of parental alienation to the “Stockholm syndrome”

Ludwig.F. Lowenstein Ph.D Southern England Psychological Services 2006 What follows is in great part fact and what is not fact is based on supposition and psychological assessment of how the Stockholm Syndrome develops and how it has worked in the case of Natascha Kampusch recently reported in the press. She was abducted and kept in […]

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