Narcissism and Parental Alienation Syndrome

“Suffice it to say that the syndrome is created by the personality disordered parent by means of covert manipulation of the child based on the disordered parent’s delusional beliefs and ego defense mechanisms which are activated by the threat of abandonment by the other parent. The disordered parent’s early attachment system model is in full operation and the unhealthy parent feels the threat of early attachment trauma.”

Parental Alienation

When a narcissistic parent experiences a great loss, such as a divorce, they do not feel normal grief like a typical person; rather, they experience a narcissistic wound to their fragile ego, which is manifested as anger and rejection of the other parent.  The narcissist “splits” and makes the other parent all bad.  When parental alienation occurs, it is because the narcissistic parent has implied to the child that the other parent is the “bad” parent and is the one causing the child’s pain.  The child internalizes the narcissistic parent’s anger and resentment toward the other parent and also rejects the other parent.  When the child is with the healthier parent, who is able to attach in a healthy way, painful emotions are brought up because the child needs/wants to bond, but they are conflicted because they have bought in to the theory that this parent is bad, which…

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