What Is Parental Alienation?

Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome is a new 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 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 understanding parental alienation and finding a solution to end parental alienation is the breakthrough understanding of two new delusional pathologies which are called Pathogenic Parenting Disorder which affects the alienating parent and Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome which affects the alienated child.

What used to commonly be known as Parental Alienation and Parental Alienation Syndrome, and all severe forms of parental alienation, where a child is influenced by one parent into rejecting a relationship with the other parent, who is otherwise a normal-range and affectionally available parent is now understood by Behavioral Health Experts, who are trained specialists and have researched the behavioral science involved, to be serious issues of mental illness and domestic and child abuse. We now have an understanding that parental alienation is really a family pathology which can be explained by the understanding of two new delusional pathologies which are called Pathogenic Parenting Disorder and Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome that affect the Alienating Parent and Alienated Child respectively.

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. A better term or description of the most severe form of parental alienation which is based on established behavioral health science principles and constructs would still be considered a syndrome but under a different pathology name which is called Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome.

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 child and domestic abuse by a parent who suffers from mental illness 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.

Many times on the surface what seems like just a high conflict custody dispute to unsuspecting targeted parents, attorneys, court-appointed behavioral health providers, and the Judiciary is actually serious issues of domestic & child abuse inflicted by the alienating parent because they suffer from serious yet hard to diagnose mental health issues.

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