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Parental Alienation: It Happens in Intact Families Too

No need for divorce for one parent to selfishly turn the kids against the other.

Posted Feb 19, 2019

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When one parent speaks harshly to the other, the kids suffer.

My area of specialty focuses on teaching the collaborative dialogue and conflict resolution skills that enable couples to enjoy a life-enhancing and loving partnership. This blog post will be the fifth I’ve written on the opposite end of the marriage continuum—how one parent can aim to make the other miserable.

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Two Classic Cases of Courts Failing Alienated Parents

Two Classic Cases of Courts Failing Alienated Parents

When lawyers and judges are uninformed, the results can be harmful.

Posted Oct 01, 20


What do the courts need to learn to better serve kids when one parent blocks them from connecting with the other?

Usually in my Psychology Today posts, I address my specialties—marriage education and self-help for negative emotions. At the same time, I recently have had a number of clients in my clinical practice who face parental alienation situations. Their challenges totally tear at my heartstrings, motivating me to write on this subject. The difficulty is that attorneys, judges, and the mental health professionals who advise them on cases of parental alienation too often lack enough understanding of the phenomenon of alienation to create appropriate outcomes.

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Parental Alienation Syndrome: What is it, and Who does it

Parental Alienation Syndrome: What is it, and Who does it

What kind of parent lies to turn their kids against the other parent?

Posted Feb 01, 2018

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Recently, in my clinical practice, I’ve seen a huge uptick in cases of parental alienation. Instead of talking cooperatively in the manner I teach in my book The Power of Two, these spouses and ex-spouses are interacting as adversaries. Worse, they’ve developed an exaggeratedly negative view, more fiction than reality, of the other partner.

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