Here are some commonly used terms in the context of Parental Alienation:
- Parental Alienation: A phenomenon where one parent deliberately or unconsciously turns their child against the other parent.
- Alienating Parent: The parent who engages in behaviors that alienate the child from the other parent.
- Targeted Parent: The parent who is the subject of the alienation campaign and is being alienated from their child.
- Gatekeeping: The act of one parent trying to restrict or control the other parent’s access to the child.
- Brainwashing: The process by which the alienating parent manipulates and indoctrinates the child against the targeted parent.
- Enmeshment: An unhealthy emotional bond between the alienating parent and the child that excludes the other parent.
- Triangulation: The alienating parent uses the child to communicate with the targeted parent, creating tension and conflict.
- PAS (Parental Alienation Syndrome): A controversial term used to describe a cluster of symptoms exhibited by a child who has been alienated from a parent.
- Gaslighting: The alienating parent distorts or denies the targeted parent’s reality to make them feel crazy or unstable.
- Coercive Control: The alienating parent uses tactics such as intimidation, isolation, and financial control to dominate and manipulate the child and the targeted parent.
- Flying Monkeys: People who the alienating parent enlists to assist them in their campaign to alienate the child from the targeted parent.
- Parentectomy: A term used to describe the extreme form of parental alienation where the child has completely cut off contact with the targeted parent.
- Parental Gatekeeping: The positive or negative influence one parent has over the child’s relationship with the other parent.
- Shared Parenting: A parenting arrangement where both parents share the responsibility and decision-making for their child.
- Reunification Therapy: A therapeutic process designed to help a child and targeted parent rebuild their relationship after parental alienation.
- High-Conflict Divorce: A divorce where there is a high level of conflict between the parents, which can increase the likelihood of parental alienation.
- Parallel Parenting: A parenting approach where each parent has their own separate rules and routines for their time with the child, minimizing conflict and contact.
- Custodial Interference: The intentional or unintentional interference with the other parent’s custodial rights, which can lead to legal consequences.
- Parental Abduction: When one parent takes a child without the other parent’s permission or against a court order, which is illegal.
- Parental Alienation Awareness: A movement to raise awareness about the damaging effects of parental alienation and promote solutions to prevent it.
© Linda C J Turner
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