Category Archives: The Research

Highlighting the growing body of international research.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Labels and Alienation

Most people know of a pattern that happens when families separate. That pattern is when one parent turns a child against the other parent without good reason. But, for decades, giving that pattern a short name has caused endless trouble even though labels are meant

Labels and Alienation

Most people know of a pattern that happens when families separate. That pattern is when one parent turns a child against the other parent without good reason. But, for decades, giving that pattern a short name has caused endless trouble even though labels are meant

Gender and Alienation

Inspired by Jennifer Harman and Zeynep Biringen’s work in “Parents Acting Badly”, I have thoroughly refurbished my key overview: Off-putting relationships: the essentials of Child Alienation. The section I’m particularly pleased with is my attempt to climb the Mount Everest topic of gender

Gender and Alienation

Inspired by Jennifer Harman and Zeynep Biringen’s work in “Parents Acting Badly”, I have thoroughly refurbished my key overview: Off-putting relationships: the essentials of Child Alienation. The section I’m particularly pleased with is my attempt to climb the Mount Everest topic of gender

Society acting badly, not just the parents

A new must-read book is out. It’s a complete lucid delight in every way and on every page. Jennifer Harman and Zeynep Biringen, the book’s authors, are social psychologists in Colorado. There’s a quick way to get the most innovative bits right away – Jennifer’s TED talk (14 mins).

Society acting badly, not just the parents

A new must-read book is out. It’s a complete lucid delight in every way and on every page. Jennifer Harman and Zeynep Biringen, the book’s authors, are social psychologists in Colorado. There’s a quick way to get the most innovative bits right away – Jennifer’s TED talk (14 mins).

Undue influence: New thoughts on high conflict in families

The recent focus on undue influence here on the alienation experience blog was inspired by local and global events. There’ve been three new government initiatives in the UK and the global launch of the Open Minds Foundation. This new framework creates a new way to

Undue influence: New thoughts on high conflict in families

The recent focus on undue influence here on the alienation experience blog was inspired by local and global events. There’ve been three new government initiatives in the UK and the global launch of the Open Minds Foundation. This new framework creates a new way to

Historic change afoot: winning without the ‘A’ word

After decades of ideological impasse, the major US professional body, the APA, has signalled that an historic change is on its way. Let’s celebrate this long-awaited change and the invisible key that seems to have worked at last. What’s the key?! The

Historic change afoot: winning without the ‘A’ word

After decades of ideological impasse, the major US professional body, the APA, has signalled that an historic change is on its way. Let’s celebrate this long-awaited change and the invisible key that seems to have worked at last. What’s the key?! The

The coercive survey takes off … Have you done it yet?!

Have you done this survey yet? Have you “Shared” it in your social media yet?! It’s here:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MBVKHHW To encourage you, this is to feedback some early results. 53 people have enjoyed filling it in so far. Many have added their own

The coercive survey takes off … Have you done it yet?!

Have you done this survey yet? Have you “Shared” it in your social media yet?! It’s here:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MBVKHHW To encourage you, this is to feedback some early results. 53 people have enjoyed filling it in so far. Many have added their own

Do this survey – Let’s tick off controlling relationships

Last time we gave you a checklist about harmful psychological coercive persuasion. This time we want everyone to do a survey on it. The checklist is a general description of what happens in several places … in cults, terrorism, bullying, gangs, abusive relationships and other family conflict. With

Do this survey – Let’s tick off controlling relationships

Last time we gave you a checklist about harmful psychological coercive persuasion. This time we want everyone to do a survey on it. The checklist is a general description of what happens in several places … in cults, terrorism, bullying, gangs, abusive relationships and other family conflict. With

Being wise about the voice of children

New research on what children think of their parents’ separating has been published. Some time later, the kids say: Don’t stay together if you’re unhappy. They say: Include us but not in the crossfire. They say: We don’t want to choose. A new

Being wise about the voice of children

New research on what children think of their parents’ separating has been published. Some time later, the kids say: Don’t stay together if you’re unhappy. They say: Include us but not in the crossfire. They say: We don’t want to choose. A new