Episode 94: Is Someone Else Pulling the Strings?

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Third-party influence in parent-adult child estrangement Do you suspect your adult child’s spouse is answering your texts? Is your estranged adult son’s partner coaching him to stay away from you? How much influence do third parties have when it comes to estrangement from parents? The answer is, it depends. There’s no question that we’re all …

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Sibling Rivalry and Parent-Child Estrangement

Sibling rivalry can play a role in parent-adult child estrangement. When children are growing up, tension between siblings sometimes becomes chronic. In addition to differences in temperament, there may be ongoing concerns about favoritism or perceptions of scarcity in parental attention or affection. Once a sibling relationship has become tense, parents may have to intervene …

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Episode 48: All About “Gaslighting” (And How to Know If You’re Doing It)

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What is “gaslighting,” and why is your estranged adult child accusing you of doing it to her? Named after the 1944 movie “Gaslight,” the term refers to the behavior deployed by the nefarious husband, played by Charles Boyer. He convinces his wife that she’s insane through a calculated, relentless campaign of disinformation. But what on …

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