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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