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Learning about a common enemy

Coercion by direct physical abuse or threat is a crime and a terrible experience. But psychological coercive persuasion is also seriously harmful.  Momentum is gathering in the fight against it in all its forms – and Alienation is always a key feature. Wouldn’t it be

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Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 15.01.22

Learning about a common enemy

Coercion by direct physical abuse or threat is a crime and a terrible experience. But psychological coercive persuasion is also seriously harmful.  Momentum is gathering in the fight against it in all its forms – and Alienation is always a key feature. Wouldn’t it be

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Amy Baker’s original: Comparing cults and Parental Alienation

Let’s continue to tap into the benefits of taking a broad perspective on all kinds of harmful coercive patterns. Many of those who work with Parental Alienation in families owe a great debt to Amy JL Baker’s research and book: Adult Children of

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Amy Baker’s original: Comparing cults and Parental Alienation

Let’s continue to tap into the benefits of taking a broad perspective on all kinds of harmful coercive patterns. Many of those who work with Parental Alienation in families owe a great debt to Amy JL Baker’s research and book: Adult Children of

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Lifting the lid off Lifton’s list matches harmful coercion in families and cults

Here we like teaming up coercive patterns in families (e.g. domestic abuse, parental alienation) with those outside families (e.g. cults, terrorism, scams). All of them are an alienation experience. Teaming up means we can campaign more powerfully. At first sight, Robert Lifton’s list

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Lifting the lid off Lifton’s list matches harmful coercion in families and cults

Here we like teaming up coercive patterns in families (e.g. domestic abuse, parental alienation) with those outside families (e.g. cults, terrorism, scams). All of them are an alienation experience. Teaming up means we can campaign more powerfully. At first sight, Robert Lifton’s list

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The BBC delivers: Parental Alienation on mainstream media

Just when you weren’t expecting it, Victoria Derbyshire and Mike Cowan, the hard working reporter, have come up trumps. (No, not that Trump … the pack of cards kind!) On Victoria’s eponymous daily TV news magazine on BBC2 this week (21st Nov 2016), they

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The BBC delivers: Parental Alienation on mainstream media

Just when you weren’t expecting it, Victoria Derbyshire and Mike Cowan, the hard working reporter, have come up trumps. (No, not that Trump … the pack of cards kind!) On Victoria’s eponymous daily TV news magazine on BBC2 this week (21st Nov 2016), they

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The use and abuse of spooking and phobias

Anxiety is useful. Essential in fact. It’s our radar. It gets us thinking about risks and challenges. It guides us around danger. So don’t get rid of anxiety before you check what it’s telling you. We can be braver when we have

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The use and abuse of spooking and phobias

Anxiety is useful. Essential in fact. It’s our radar. It gets us thinking about risks and challenges. It guides us around danger. So don’t get rid of anxiety before you check what it’s telling you. We can be braver when we have

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Prisons: where families, alienation and cults meet up

This is a blog-post of two halves. Guest blogger, David Shubert, joins up with yours truly, Nick Child. David’s ideas on prisons chimed in with mine on connecting up coercive patterns aka Undue Influence. But then I realised I’d have to

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Prisons: where families, alienation and cults meet up

This is a blog-post of two halves. Guest blogger, David Shubert, joins up with yours truly, Nick Child. David’s ideas on prisons chimed in with mine on connecting up coercive patterns aka Undue Influence. But then I realised I’d have to

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When someone you love is in a coercive situation

This is a re-blog with a particular purpose. When someone you love is in a coercive situation by Jon Atack and Rachel Bernstein is from the Open Minds Foundation blog. It’s a useful list of what works and what doesn’t. There’s

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When someone you love is in a coercive situation

This is a re-blog with a particular purpose. When someone you love is in a coercive situation by Jon Atack and Rachel Bernstein is from the Open Minds Foundation blog. It’s a useful list of what works and what doesn’t. There’s

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Let’s focus on behaviour more than on labels

Welcome to Dr Shelagh Wright as our guest blogger.  Shelagh is a family therapist and family mediator who is also trained in direct child consultation. A simple view is that separating parents put their children’s best interests first by collaborating. Where one or

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Let’s focus on behaviour more than on labels

Welcome to Dr Shelagh Wright as our guest blogger.  Shelagh is a family therapist and family mediator who is also trained in direct child consultation. A simple view is that separating parents put their children’s best interests first by collaborating. Where one or