The Haunting of the Alienated Child

Karen Woodall

I have been reading Oliver James’s book ‘Not in Your Genes‘ this week and in doing so have found myself uncovering another layer of understanding of what it means to be a child in the post separation landscape.  In this book, James speaks of ‘offspring Stockholm syndrome’ which he describes as being the manner in which children are forced to curry favour with the parents they depend upon, simply because of their absolute dependency upon them.  Which if one thinks carefully about parent/child relationships, is exactly what children are forced to do in order to survive.  In reading this, I am reminded of Alice Miller’s work on children and the way in which she uncovers the terrorism of parenting in her exploration of child maltreatment in her book ‘for your own good.’  This book, more than any other in my long years of reading about children…

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About madisonelizabethbaylis

Father of Kevin, Jenvey and Maddie. Being alienated from Maddie due to the fact that after her mother divorced me and remarried she cut me out of my daughter´s life. I then rekindled my relationship with the mother of my boys and since then Melissa is hell bend on allienating and abusing Maddie
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