What Is Parental Alienation?

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

The many pieces of the complex and disturbing puzzle commonly known as Parental Alienation have been understood by Behavioral Health Scientists and Clinicians for many years now. 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 a solution to successfully fight and end parental alienation is the discovery that parental alienation is not a high conflict custody dispute. That real parental alienation is cases of severe but non-bizarre delusional psychopathology. In genuine cases of parental alienation, the alienating parent suffers from a delusional pathology called Pathogenic Parenting Disorder, which is caused by some form of trauma or trigger. The trigger can be the pain experienced during divorce, a breakup with a boyfriend or some other experience, which is an extreme setup back for the alienating parent, and which reactivates trauma from their past. Since the alienating parent has a mental illness, it causes them to subject the children to abuse, and the children themselves develop reactive mental illness as well.

The aberrant & distorted behavior and parenting of a parent who suffers from Pathogenic Parenting Disorder will induce mental illness in the child, which is called Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome. Children who suffer from Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome exhibit severe clinical indicators of psychopathology, such as developmental issues, attachment issues, and personality disorder symptoms. In summary, they present acute and blatant signs of what is known in the DSM as Child Psychological Abuse. All children who suffer from Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome will terminate and cut-off of their relationship with a healthy and normal parent, and many times, other family members.

In the past in cases where one parent influences a child into rejecting a relationship with the other parent, who is otherwise a normal-range and affectionally available parent was commonly called Parental Alienation or Parental Alienation Syndrome. It is now understood by experts, who are trained specialists and have researched the behavioral science involved, to be serious issues of mental illness and child abuse. We now have an understanding that parental alienation is a family pathology that can be explained by the knowledge of a new delusional pathology that children develop because of parental abuse called Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome.

The dictionary definition of a syndrome is a group of symptoms that consistently occur together or a condition characterized by a set of associated symptoms. Cases of real parental alienation would still be considered a syndrome but under a different pathology name which is called Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome. In all cases of Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome, a child will cutoff and terminate their relationship with a loving and healthy range parent having nothing to do with that parent and their parenting practices. It is a form of psychological domestic and child abuse by a parent who has a mental illness. Inflicted upon 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.

Many times on the surface cases of parental alienation appear to be a high conflict custody dispute to unsuspecting targeted parents, attorneys, court-appointed behavioral health providers, and the Judiciary. In reality, these cases are severe issues of domestic and child abuse inflicted by the alienating parent because they suffer from significant yet hard to diagnose mental health issues.

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