Episode 82: Playing Into an Estranged Adult Child’s “Delusions”

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What if your estranged adult child is expressing ideas that seem delusional?

Should you play into those delusions? Or try to talk her out of them?

You might worry that while going along with your child’s distorted thinking may soothe her somewhat, it isn’t good for her psychological health.

You’re torn between preserving the relationship at any cost, and doing the right thing for your child.

Fortunately, this isn’t a choice parents have to make.

Through a story about a delusional patient in a psychiatric ward, Tina shows why parents should focus on the child and the relationship, not the delusion, for best results.

This is a short episode, but one that provides nutritious food for thought.

For more on how to repair an estranged relationship with your adult child(ren), see Tina’s book, Reconnecting With Your Estranged Adult Child.

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