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Archives for February, 2012


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 Ties That Bind: Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome, the author identifies three family patterns that may be present...
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God, Religion, Bigotry, Slavery, Compassion Overload, Etc.

Richard and I () had a recent conversation about God, religion, bigotry, slavery, compassion overload, and reader comments (and in case this isn't enough, some other pretty big topics). Here's the gist of it:

There seems to be a surge in discussion about morality, ethics, religion and God throughout the media recently (perhaps it's the upcoming presidential election). Here at PsychCentral, Dr. Greg Popchak's new Faith On The Couch blog, written from a...
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Back From The Edge: Borderline Personality Disorder Video

Reader Suzanne Thompson sent us this link to a film she encourages anyone living with someone with borderline personality or who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder themselves, to watch.

We watched only part of it (we hope to finish it this week, time permitting) but agree with Suzanne that this is something PsychCentral readers would find interesting and helpful. (Your comments are welcome).
Back From The Edge Video

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Educating An Alienating Parent

Why does a parent become an *alienating parent, or amputative parent as Toronto-based therapist Victoria Lorient-Faibish calls them? After all, it is reasonable (and common) to have hurt feelings, anger, and sadness during and after a divorce — at least for a while.

But why are some parents able to step back from the hurt and say to themselves, it's time to move on and put my child first, while others seem to be blinded...
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Broken Hearts All Around: Divorce And Revenge

In his powerful, must-read book, Divorce Poison, Dr. Richard A. Warshak offers solid advice for anyone whose life has been "poisoned" by divorce or parental alienation (emotional abuse/brainwashing of children for the sake of revenge).

We've written posts in the past (see links, below and read the post comments!) about parents and children who are victims of vengeful spouses aka alienating parents. Now we'd like to write a bit about the alienating parents...
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Patient Rights

Could Sadness And Shyness Be Mental Illnesses?

writes: No. The title of this blog post isn't a joke. It is based on a series of alarming articles I just read about the new edition of the perennially controversial DSM.

In a Reuters piece, Peter Kinderman, a British clinical psychologist and head of the Institute of Psychology at Liverpool University was quoted as saying:
"The proposed revision to DSM ... will exacerbate the problems that result from trying to fit...
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Goals and Objectives

Seven Old Fashioned Ideas That Can Make Marriage Last

Richard's out. writes:

Is anyone really surprised by the findings in this UCLA study on marriage? As PsychCentral's Rick Nauert reported, couples that are willing to make "sacrifices" have better, longer-lasting marriages than people who aren't.

Still, I have a problem with the language. "Sacrifice" implies something that costs you—big time. An online dictionary defines the definition of sacrifice (after the offering of a life as propitiation or homage)  as: the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim. 

"Surrender" and...
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