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In Divorce Poison: Protecting the Parent-Child Bond from a Vindictive Ex, Richard A. Warshak (The Custody Revolution) offers guidance to parents whose exes portray them to their children in a negative light, whether it's mild, off-the-cuff badmouthing or systematic character assassination. Common psychological wisdom, besides recommending that parents avoid fighting fire with fire, suggests doing nothing. But Warshak has witnessed the feelings of powerlessness and the increasing difficulties that come from doing nothing. So he provides "a blueprint for an effective response grounded in a solid understanding of the techniques and dynamics of parents who poison their children's relationships with loved ones." After describing numerous nuances of inter-parental malignment (brainwashing, false abuse accusations, revisionist history, etc.), Warshak moves on to "Poison Control," both independently and with the help of professional counselors. This book will seem a godsend to the many divorcs who are bashed by their ex-spouses. (Regan Books, $26 304p ISBN 0-06-018899-5; Jan.)
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Some level of animosity is typical in divorce, but when parents let those feelings degenerate into bad-mouthing, bashing, or brainwashing, they run the risk of emotionally damaging their children, according to child psychologist Warshak. He looks at the poisonous relationships that develop when parents carry criticism of their ex-spouses too far: parents and children estranged from one another, protracted and bitter custody and visitation battles, and even ruined relationships with the extended families. He uses case studies to illustrate how parents--sometimes unconsciously, sometimes deliberately--force children to choose between them and turn against the other parent. He describes a range of difficulties, from tainted parent-child relationships to an emotional disturbance known as parental alienation syndrome. Warshak offers strategies for parents to examine their motivations when they speak against a former spouse, to curb negative impulses, and to repair damage that may already have been done. Useful resource for families dealing with divorce and child rearing. Vanessa Bush
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Great book that helped me during my own divorce. The main idea is that you do not have to sit on the sidelines if you find yourself dealing with this. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Matt
I met Dr Warshack and he recommended this book to me for my divorce. Every parent coordinator I know has it on their book shelf. Divorce Poison is a must read. Read morePublished 6 days ago by JR27
Read this book!! Great info that will save you a lot of money, headaches and time. Packed full of critical information.Published 17 days ago by Brian
The book provides you with knowledge which is the key to protect your children and yourself from a poisonous environment. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Jiffry Tejada
This book opened up a whole new world of information to me and after reading it, I felt like a blind person who could now see what had been crashing into me and knocking me down... Read morePublished 1 month ago by buddhasrib
I felt like I was reading a transcript of my own life with my ex and children. It was by far the most relevant, informative and helpful information I've found in this difficult... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SeattleDad
Many good topics to consider so you don't inadvertently poison your relationship with your child/ren in your sorrow that your ex is already working so hard to poison your children... Read morePublished 1 month ago by AnnB