FAQs

What Is Parental Alienation?

Parental alienation is the process, and the result, of the psychological manipulation of a child into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards a parent or other family members. Many times parental alienation occurs in association with family separation or divorce (particularly where legal action is involved) and that undermines core principles of both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Most commonly, the primary cause is a parent wishing to exclude another parent from the life of their child, but other family members or friends, as well as professionals involved with the family (including psychologists, lawyers and judges), may contribute significantly to the process.

What Is Pathogenic Parenting?

Pathogenic Parenting is a new breakthrough understanding of “Parental Alienation” based on long established psychological principles and constructs and the research of some of the greatest minds in Psychology. The many pieces of this complex and disturbing puzzle which has come to be commonly known as “Parental Alienation” have been understood by Psychologists for many years.  It only required putting these pieces together to solve the puzzle and help our society start the road to ending this family tragedy known as Parental Alienation. The solution is the breakthrough understanding of something called Pathogenic Parenting. The word “Patho” means Pathological and the word “Genesis” means Creation. So Pathogenic Parenting describes parenting that is so abnormal or pathological, that by way of their aberrant and distorted behaviors and parenting practices, the Pathogenic Parent actually creates mental illness in a child that actually cause the child to terminate or cutoff their relationship with the other parent and also other family members. It is a distinctive and widespread form of psychological abuse and family violence by a mentally ill and pathological parent towards both the child and the rejected family members and often leads to the long-term, or even permanent, estrangement of a child from one parent and other family members.

What Is Pathogenic Parenting Disorder?

The aberrant & distorted behaviors and parenting practices of a Pathogenic Parent are actually the symptoms of a rare psychopathology called Pathogenic Parenting Disorder. The Pathogenic Parent will usually have a history of mental illness in the form of a personality disorder that has gone undiagnosed. This parent then experiences some form of trauma in their life that is the trigger of the pathology and causes them to develop what is called Pathogenic Parenting Disorder.  When a parent develops this mental illness they form a fixed false belief that the other parent, who in almost all cases is a normal, loving and devoted parent, is now a danger and the Childs relationship with this parent must be terminated. A parent who suffers from Pathogenic Parenting Disorder will believe these things with near certainty and usually no amount of therapy will change their mind. Many times up until this Parent experiences some form of recent trauma in their life there will be no noticeable signs of mental illness or psychopathology in this parent.

What Is Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome?

Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome is a condition that children develop when one of their parents becomes Pathogenic and suffers from the mental illness called Pathogenic Parenting Disorder. Children who suffer from Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome develop a psychological alliance with a Pathogenic Parent against their other parent as a psychological survival strategy to deal with the severe emotional abuse that is being inflicted upon them by the Pathogenic Parent. In some ways it is similar to Stockholm Syndrome where the child actually appears to have a hyper bonded relationship with the psychologically abusive parent. In  addition in some cases of Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome the child will actually even develop severe anxiety or fears of anything that has to do with their normal and healthy parent who has been targeted by the Pathogenic Parent. The major symptom in all cases of Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome is the child will cutoff and terminate their relationship with a loving and normal range parent having nothing to do with that parent and their parenting practices.