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Common Tactics Used to Brainwash Their Children

In 2006, authors Baker & Darnall catalogued 66 behaviors that alienating parents use to convince their children of the wrongness or badness of the other parent. Here are nine examples of these tactics: The alienator interferes with communication between the child and the other parent. For instance, he or she may read and delete your emails, prevent phone conversations, or even get in the way...

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Categorizing and Classifying Alienators

Experts often grade alienation along two distinct dimensions. On the “X” axis, we could graph the intensity of the alienation, which might range from mild to severe. On the “Y” axis, we could graph the intentionality of the alienation. Does the alienating parent have control of his or her behavior or not?   In 1998, scholar Douglas Darnall came up with another useful categorization; he...

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Is It Alienation or Estrangement? 6 Reasons Your Child May Reject You

As we discussed earlier, children can reject their parents for many reasons, including another parent’s brainwashing. However, sometimes the rejection has little or nothing to do with the other parent. Closely examine your situation to determine what’s actually going on before you take action, legal or otherwise. Here are 6 reasons why your child may be rejecting you – or at least acting coldly...

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Early Scholarly Analysis of Parental Alienation-Like Situations

Prior to Dr. Gardner’s writings about “Parental Alienation,” other scholars noted similar phenomena. Author Wilhelm Reich in his 1949 book, Character Analysis, discussed narcissistic parents who defamed their ex-spouses to win child custody negotiation battles. Writing about alienation in the mid-1980’s, around the time when Dr. Gardner first began discussing it, Dr. Anita Lampel suggested that:...

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Dr. Warshak’s 3 Components of Alienation

In the early 2000s, Dr. Richard Warshak, articulated three components to define Parent Alienation — a somewhat different schema than the one that Dr. Gardner developed. Per Dr. Washak’s heuristic, the following three elements must occur: The alienator engages in a campaign of rejection or denigration of the targeted parent.   This campaign is not justifiable or reasonable.        3.  The...

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Characteristics of the PAS Diagnosis

Dr. Gardner identified eight factors that can contribute to alienation. The alienating parent engages in a “campaign of denigration” against the targeted parent. In other words, PA is not a spouse saying one mean or spiteful remark out of context. The parent has to systematically say or do things to convince your child of your wrongness.   The depreciation is based on weak or absurd...

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Parental Alienation 101: Understanding the Basics

No one is born hating another person… People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. – Nelson Mandela American psychiatrist, Dr. Richard Gardner, coined the term and concept “Parental Alienation System” (PAS) back in 1985, based on work he had conducted in the 1980’s, to describe what...

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Have You Been the Victim of Parental Alienation?

Even under the most amicable circumstances, negotiations over child custody during a divorce can turn bitter, even brutal. It’s one thing to haggle over how to divvy up the living room furniture or the wedding China; it’s another thing entirely to develop a nuts and bolts plan for how to co-parent, split up time and figure out who should go with whom over the holidays. Custody battles can test...

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Conclusion to Blog Series on False Abuse and Neglect Allegations

Standing accused of false allegations of abusing or neglecting your children can be one of the most painful and emotional experiences you will ever face in your life. Congratulations on working your way through our blog series on this topic. You’ve taken a brave first step to understanding what challenges you face and what resources might be available to you. Hopefully, this series has begun to...

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Legal and Emotional Challenges Created by Parental Alienation

Alienation obviously poses profound challenges for the targeted parent. Not only does it threaten to derail and potentially destroy your relationship with your child forever — alienated children often continue to believe the implanted false narratives as adults – but it also poses huge challenges when you’re negotiating with DCP&P or dealing with criminal charges. For instance, a...

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