i am reblogging this because it is such a beautifully written expose of what is going on in so many families where alienation is arising in children. i am excited by the way in which the bigger conversation is starting and how many people (some of whom are parents affected by alienation issues, some of whom are professionals) are starting to do the necessary work to build new thinking and evidence based strategies. I am delighted to have met expofunction recently and find this blog to be entirely complimentary to my own work adding to my thinking and prompting me to consider further how we can get the messages out there and the support to help parents who are in this terrible place come through it and survive, for their children’s sake as well as their own. Thank you expofunction, I look forward to collaboration and creation of something new and exciting in 2013 and beyond. K
[This is the third post in a series. Consider starting with the first.]
The Overwhelmingly Strong Personality may already be familiar to you. Many of us might recognise or have experience of an awkward work colleague or a family member who is interpersonally rigid, easily offended, self-absorbed, blaming and finds it difficult to empathise with others. However kind, generous and supportive we are towards them, the atmosphere increasingly becomes permeated with resentment, anxiety and stress as those around them split into two camps; those who support (and are supported by) the Overwhelmingly Strong Personality and those who do not.
We may realise that something is wrong, but seldom manage to put our finger on what it is.
In order to sustain some self esteem, self image and control in their lives – and to get others to give them some loyalty and respect – such people employ a whole…
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