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Divorce Poison New and Updated Edition: How to Protect Your Family from Bad-mouthing and Brainwashing Paperback – January 19, 2010
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The most important aspect of this phenomenon is to catch it early, even if the bashing seems to occur on occasion or is subtle.
Eventually, enough little drops of poison can have a devastating consequence.
This book is an excellent tool to help "targeted" parents recognize signs of what the author calls poisoning (also called alienation tactics).
Though the book's readership would likely readily agree that taking the higher road is always best, what the author emphasizes is that if the higher road is not coupled with a proactive approach, devastation to the parent/child relationship can be the result.
What I found most helpful about this book are a couple areas:
A) I realized that no court order, and no amount of counseling, and no common sense discussion would stop my ex from her subtle, on-going attempts to undermine my relationship with my daughter.
B) I realized that there are many tactics I could employ to combat my ex's attempts... tactics that are nearly all positive and proactive.
The author provides many ideas to the reader on how to help ensure the poisoning parent's attempts fall on deaf ears in the child.
Strategies that I learned from this book have proven themselves with amazing results in how I handle my own situation... and the outcome is a young child who (on her own) has been able to conclude that her mother says untrue things about her father.Read more ›
Divorce poison is a sick and serious issue. I don't wish it on any child or parent. If you feel like you are the target of parental alienation, educate yourself, your ex and anyone (lawyers, therapist, family, etc) who has any part in your custody matter. One of the hardest things about the recent outcome of my two year custody battle is to realize how ignorant the court, forensic psychologist, therapist, school system, and especially the father of my son, are about the power and damaging effects divorce poison has on a child.
If you are recently separated and struggling with a vindictive ex, please do not assume things will blow over or die down. People whose personalities allow them to justify bad-mouthing, bashing or even brainwashing often become consumed by revenge and cannot let it go even when it is detrimental to the child. Read Dr. Warshak's book and take action appropriately.
My lawyer made sure Divorce Poison was on our table in full view at all times during our three day custody trial. I just wish the judge could have read it before interviewing my son.
I totally agree with the prior reviewer that said this book is a bible. Picking it up and reading it every time I feel the frustration reassures me that I am not the sick one here nor am I the bad parent. With Dr. Warshak's recommendations, I can continue to try to foster a healthy relationship with my child while trying to address the poison he is being given.
This outstanding book provides great advice for parents who are badmouthing other parents, as well as ways the target parents can combat this abuse. Unlike "experts" who have not researched the most effective ways of combatting this type of child abuse, Dr. Warshak has determined through studies that parents who do nothing and say nothing are at risk for eventually losing contact with their children.
Dr. Warshak carefully navigates the misconception that alienation is typically a "woman thing" by citing examples of fathers who alienate. In doing this, the author is able to assure readers that the book is indeed written "in the best interests of children," and not for any gender-based political agenda.
Dr. Warshak's outlook on children, parenting and custody is refreshing and should be required reading for every family court judge, every family law attorney and every person going through a divorce. The author argues very succinctly and very successful that the two parents who were so vital to the welfare and growth of the children during the marriage are just as vital after the divorce. He also illustrates how family courts and mental health experts remove children from the target parent at the first sign of alienation -- which is the exact opposite of what actually works in these cases.
Dr. Warshak argues that target parents need time to rebuild this relationship -- to show that they are not the parent depicted in the diatribes of the parent who is attempting to alienate. Instead, courts typically accept irrational reasons from a child for not wanting to see a parent without examining the root causes for the alienation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
In his book, Divorce Poison, Dr. Warshak did an excellent job of identifying the traits of the brainwashing parent and of also providing healthy advice for parents on how to deal... Read morePublished 2 days ago by 8of11
Outstanding advice for divorcing parents covering the many pitfalls and traps of a malicious or just plain difficult exspouse with boundary and personality issues that... Read morePublished 3 days ago
I am a Mother of 4 children. At the time my children were 10,12,14,16yrs old and my ex was able to alienate my children from me, even though I was their only constant in their... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is an amazing book! I had many omg moments. Was good to to know I'm not the only one dealing with this. Must read for a messy divorce with children.Published 23 days ago by DeAnna Marie
I bought this book or my daughter, who is going through a divorce. She wanted some direction in how to deal with some of the problems that came up, (Her husband was using their son... Read morePublished 25 days ago by littleoldme
Book was well written and very steady to read. Practical and useful information as well as insightful. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you've really got an ex with serious psychological problems and serious immaturity, and you're not by a long chalk the only one who thinks so (no, I'm not counting your family... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sparky Malone
Divorce Poison is an extremely well guidance and teaching to all parties involved with the misfortune of divorce, the research and counseling are thougfull and to the point, is a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lucy C Paredes