Splits in the Landscape of Living: Working with the Alienation Dynamic in Families

Karen Woodall

I continue my work with families affected by parental alienation and as I do so I find myself learning at the deepest level, about the splits in the internal landscape  which underpin this cruel phenomenon.

The cruelty of parental alienation  is the manner in which it first presents itself, coming to light in the closing down of the child’s empathy circuits, beautifully described for us at the EAPAP Conference this year by Steve Miller in his curation of two significant signs that a child is alienated – the lack of empathy and the use of pathological splitting as a defence.

The closing down of the empathy circuits causes the child to begin to shut down in their relationship with a parent, which makes them appear to be frozen, robotic, defiant or frightened. What is happening to the child is that they have crossed the ‘tipping point’ which we describe in…

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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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