- The child has a relentless hatred for towards the targeted parent.
- The child parrots the Obsessed Alienator, and makes statements against the targeted parent.
- The child does not want to visit or spend any time with the targeted parent.
- Many of the child’s beliefs are enmeshed with the alienator.
- The child’s stated beliefs are delusional and frequently irrational.
- The child is not intimidated by the court.
- Frequently, the child’s reasons are not based on personal experiences with the targeted parent. Instead, the reasons reflect what the child is told by the Obsessed Alienator. The child has difficulty making any differentiation between the two.
- The child has no ambivalence in his feelings; it’s all hatred, with no ability to see the good. (Black and White thinking)
- The child has no capacity to feel guilty about how he or she behaves toward the targeted parent; The child cannot forgive any past indiscretions or parenting mistakes.
- The child shares the Obsessed Alienator’s cause. Together, they are in lockstep to denigrate the hated parent.
- The child’s obsessional hatred extends to the targeted parent’s extended family without any guilt or remorse.
- The child can appear like any other normal and healthy child — until asked about the targeted parent, which then triggers the child’s hatred.
by Douglas Darnall, Ph.D.
Published by: ABP World Group International Child Recovery Service
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