The pathology of “parental alienation” can be reliably identified by a set of three definitive diagnostic indicators:
1.) Attachment System Suppression:
The complete suppression of the child’s attachment bonding motivations toward a normal-range and affectionately available parent in which the child seeks to entirely sever the attachment bond with this parent.
Therapist Note: This symptom originates the disorganized attachment networks of the allied narcissistic/(borderline) parent in which breaches to the relationship with the attachment figure result in a complete severing of the relationship (Bowen: relationship cutoffs) rather than effective repair of the relationship.
Under the distorting pathogenic influence of the narcissistic/borderline parent, the child is induced into adopting a similar “cutoff” of relationships as a means of coping with the divorce.
2.) Personality Disorder Traits
The child displays a characteristic set of five specific narcissistic/(borderline) personality traits in the child’s symptom display toward the targeted rejected parent:
Grandiosity: The child…
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