What Is Parental Alienation?

What Is Parental Alienation?

Basically, parental alienation is the psychological manipulation of a child,  and/or the manipulation of the legal system by one parent for the purposes of erasing the other parent from the life of the child.

The clinical and legal definition of Parental alienation is as follows: the process, and the result, of psychological manipulation of a child by one parent into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards the other parent and/or other family members.

In short, children are brainwashed and weaponized against the targeted parent for the purposes erasing the targeted parent from the child’s life.

There is general consensus amongst psychologists, medical practitioners, and many legal professionals that parental alienation is a distinctive form of psychological abuse and family violence towards both the child and the targeted family members. Furthermore, the behavior occurs almost exclusively in association with family separation or divorce, particularly where legal action is involved.

The most common cause is one parent wishing to exclude the other parent from the life of their child, though family members or friends, as well as professionals involved with the family (including psychologists, lawyers and judges), may contribute to the process.

Parental alienation abuse is a gender-neutral problem. Both men and women are increasingly using the tactic to inflict maximum injury on the other parent, and causing severe harm to their children in the process.