Category Archives: The Big Picture

Headings that don’t fit elsewhere.

Finding Alienation on a bigger map

People want me to publish my talk in PASG Nordic, Stockholm: Finding PA on a bigger map. I’ve been reluctant: “You can read it here with slides here; I’ve said it all before; I’ll be saying it again; Things have

Finding Alienation on a bigger map

People want me to publish my talk in PASG Nordic, Stockholm: Finding PA on a bigger map. I’ve been reluctant: “You can read it here with slides here; I’ve said it all before; I’ll be saying it again; Things have

Domestic & psychological abuse laws – ancient and modern

Parental Alienation has been increasingly recognised to be one of several patterns of harmful coercive abuse. Based in Scotland in the UK, I’ve wondered about how the new domestic or psychological abuse laws apply to Parental Alienation (PA). The law

Domestic & psychological abuse laws – ancient and modern

Parental Alienation has been increasingly recognised to be one of several patterns of harmful coercive abuse. Based in Scotland in the UK, I’ve wondered about how the new domestic or psychological abuse laws apply to Parental Alienation (PA). The law

Long ago, judges judged coercion well. So why not now?

Drawing on Jon Atack’s meticulous research and book A Piece of Blue Sky, Russell Miller wrote the authoritative biography of L Ron Hubbard: Bare-Faced Messiah. Hubbard was founder and head of the Church of Scientology. Scientology is perhaps the greatest example of a

Long ago, judges judged coercion well. So why not now?

Drawing on Jon Atack’s meticulous research and book A Piece of Blue Sky, Russell Miller wrote the authoritative biography of L Ron Hubbard: Bare-Faced Messiah. Hubbard was founder and head of the Church of Scientology. Scientology is perhaps the greatest example of a

When is ‘parent-leaving age’?!

School-leaving age In the U.K. and perhaps everywhere, we talk of ‘school leaving age’. That’s an admirably straightforward statement about the law and general expectation that it’s good for children to go to school until they’re 16. Even then in the

When is ‘parent-leaving age’?!

School-leaving age In the U.K. and perhaps everywhere, we talk of ‘school leaving age’. That’s an admirably straightforward statement about the law and general expectation that it’s good for children to go to school until they’re 16. Even then in the

Alienation: A new clearer big picture

Alienation is the core pattern in a wide range of ‘relationships that take you in and cut you off’ “Bravo! Brilliant!”  This is to announce our new ‘Not sure about alienation?” page. It’s a version of Nick Child’s recent highly

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Alienation: A new clearer big picture

Alienation is the core pattern in a wide range of ‘relationships that take you in and cut you off’ “Bravo! Brilliant!”  This is to announce our new ‘Not sure about alienation?” page. It’s a version of Nick Child’s recent highly

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The truth is stronger in fiction

You. Must. Read. YOU. By Phil Whitaker. Brilliant, innovative, gripping, hellish, unbelievable truth. YOU is driven by honesty, humanity, compassion and love. A guaranteed page-turner. A story of supernatural hope over terrible experience, of understanding and even forgiveness. I won’t say

The truth is stronger in fiction

You. Must. Read. YOU. By Phil Whitaker. Brilliant, innovative, gripping, hellish, unbelievable truth. YOU is driven by honesty, humanity, compassion and love. A guaranteed page-turner. A story of supernatural hope over terrible experience, of understanding and even forgiveness. I won’t say

A theatre critic’s view of Parental Alienation

For decades those who know the scourge of Parental Alienation have fought but failed to raise serious general awareness in a world that is more intent on ignoring it. Parental Alienation is a very serious reality. So that failure is

A theatre critic’s view of Parental Alienation

For decades those who know the scourge of Parental Alienation have fought but failed to raise serious general awareness in a world that is more intent on ignoring it. Parental Alienation is a very serious reality. So that failure is

The unqualified gap in Scotland’s family law system

The unqualified gap through which children fall in Scotland’s present family law system is about the whole range of separated family patterns that go to family law. The report has a blog-site of its own – The Unqualified Gap. That’s so there

The unqualified gap in Scotland’s family law system

The unqualified gap through which children fall in Scotland’s present family law system is about the whole range of separated family patterns that go to family law. The report has a blog-site of its own – The Unqualified Gap. That’s so there

I just can’t dance with Alienation – Some pros and cons of the words we use.

A therapist colleague expressed the discomfort of the vast majority of the helping professions everywhere.  She said: “I just can’t dance with Alienation.” She meant the word and its meaning. For decades, I would also have professed this kind-hearted sentiment.

I just can’t dance with Alienation – Some pros and cons of the words we use.

A therapist colleague expressed the discomfort of the vast majority of the helping professions everywhere.  She said: “I just can’t dance with Alienation.” She meant the word and its meaning. For decades, I would also have professed this kind-hearted sentiment.

The abuse of the child’s voice in high conflict separation

Here in Scotland, Relationships Scotland (RS) held an event on the Voice of the Child in Separation and Divorce (June 2017). Professor Jenn McIntosh presented her work. She is a researcher and child inclusive practitioner from Australia. Professionals from a wide range

The abuse of the child’s voice in high conflict separation

Here in Scotland, Relationships Scotland (RS) held an event on the Voice of the Child in Separation and Divorce (June 2017). Professor Jenn McIntosh presented her work. She is a researcher and child inclusive practitioner from Australia. Professionals from a wide range

Terror and ill health: the bear truth about childhood adversity

Dr Nadine Harris delivered this stunning TED MED talk in 2014. She gives the bear in the woods an important walk-on part. A paediatrician herself, she tells how a child’s ‘dose’ of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) creates clearly higher rates of health problems. And that’s

Terror and ill health: the bear truth about childhood adversity

Dr Nadine Harris delivered this stunning TED MED talk in 2014. She gives the bear in the woods an important walk-on part. A paediatrician herself, she tells how a child’s ‘dose’ of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) creates clearly higher rates of health problems. And that’s

Attachment terror: How all harmful coercion works

The field of harmful coercive relationships is huge. It stretches across all kinds of family and other groups. But it is all over the place. No one can have read all the shelves and webpages full of great description. Quantity has to

Attachment terror: How all harmful coercion works

The field of harmful coercive relationships is huge. It stretches across all kinds of family and other groups. But it is all over the place. No one can have read all the shelves and webpages full of great description. Quantity has to