Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome

Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome is a breakthrough new understanding of Parental Alienation based on long established behavioral health science principles & constructs and the research and work of some of the greatest minds in Behavioral Health Science.

The many pieces of this complex and disturbing puzzle which has come to be commonly known as Parental Alienation have been understood by Behavioral Health Scientists and Clinicians 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 key to it all and the solution to end parental alienation is based on a breakthrough new discovery of two new delusional pathologies which are called Pathogenic Parenting Disorder and Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome. An understanding that Parental Alienation is not just a high conflict custody dispute between parents and that it is issues of serious psychopathology can provide us with a detailed explanation of what is happening in all true cases of parental alienation which is based on clear behavioral science.

What Is Pathogenic Parenting?

To understand Pathogenic Parenting Disorder and Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome the new psychopathology that explains Parental Alienation we first must understand the meaning of Pathogenic Parenting. Parental Alienation has no clinical definition in Behavioral Health Science and is just the term that has been used by everyone to describe the pathology without an understanding that there are issues of mental illness at play and there are clear behavioral science principles & constructs that exist to explain exactly what is happening. The correct behavioral health science construct that accurately represents the pathology of parental alienation is 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 creates mental illness in a child that cause the child to terminate or cutoff their relationship with the other parent and also other family members.

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What Is Pathogenic Parenting Disorder?

The aberrant & distorted behaviors and parenting practices of a Pathogenic Parent are the symptoms of a psychopathology called Pathogenic Parenting Disorder. Pathogenic Parenting Disorder is a form of Delusional Disorder and the delusions that this parent is experiencing are of the Persecutory subtype (delusions that the person or someone to whom the person is close is being malevolently treated in some way). The Pathogenic Parent will usually have a history of some form of 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 Pathogenic Parenting Disorder also called Pathogenic Parenting Delusional Disorder.  The general definition of a delusion is an unshakable belief in something untrue or not based on reality or a fixed false belief. In the case of Pathogenic Parenting Delusional Disorder a parent is experiencing what are known as Non-Bizarre Persecutory Delusions, which involve situations that could occur in real life, and these delusions involve the other parent and that they are malevolently treating the child in some way. These delusions usually involve this parents misinterpretation of perceptions or experiences based on mental health issues from this parents past and are not based in reality. When a parent develops this mental illness they form a fixed false belief or in other words a delusion 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 also called Pathogenic Parenting Delusional Disorder will believe these things with near certainty and usually no amount of therapy will change their mind. Many times up until this personality disordered parent experiences some form of recent trauma in their life there will be no noticeable signs of mental illness or psychopathology in this parent. The trauma can be caused by the pain experienced during a divorce or breakup with a boyfriend or girlfriend which will trigger the development of Pathogenic Parenting Disorder.

David Fluss Expert & Litigation Consultant

What Is Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome?

Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome is a delusional pathology that children develop when one of their parents becomes Pathogenic and suffers from the mental illness called Pathogenic Parenting Delusional 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 psychological abuse that is being inflicted upon them by the Personality Disordered 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.  As a result of pathogenic parenting the child will develop some form of delusional false belief regarding the other parent which causes the child to cut-off or terminate their relationship with that parent. In some cases of Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome but not all the abuse of the pathogenic parent is so extreme that the child will actually 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 as a way of coping with the abuse.  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.  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.

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