Coping with Narcissistic Parental Alienation? Consider These Tips
Little research on narcissistic parental alienation exists, and many who have experienced this aspect of narcissism are desperate to find help. This article is written to address the issue from a psychological perspective only, in an effort to provide those coping with this situation with tips and strategies. However, it is also possible to seek legal assistance.
Before I go any further I want to take a moment to define what narcissistic parental alienation syndrome is. It refers to the psychological manipulation of a child by an alienating parent (the parent with narcissism). The manipulation typically results in the child’s rejection, disdain, and lack of empathy towards the other, targeted parent. While parental alienation may occur even when narcissism is not a factor, for the purposes of this article, I will discuss parental alienation that has been instigated by a parent with narcissism.
If you are the “targeted” parent of this syndrome, or if you are trying to help a targeted parent, then the following strategies may be helpful.