Dysfunctional Ways Parents May Seek To Over-Control Children

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      I outline some of the most common ways in which parents may attempt to exert excessive control over their children below : Emotional Enmeshment : This occurs when a parent is intensely and overwhelmingly emotionally involved with his/her child so that, rather than seeing the child as an individual with his/her own …

A Study On The Childhoods Of Murderers

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A study conducted by Lewis et al. (1985) and published in the American Journal Of Psychiatry examined the childhoods of nine convicted murders with the aim of discovering what characteristics (if any) they had in common. The main characteristics identified fell into four main categories : Acts of violence as children Psychiatric/medical history Psychiatric history …

Neurocounseling And Its Relevance To Treating Complex-PTSD

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The term neurocounseling refers to a form of therapies that seek to take advantage of the relatively recent neuroscientific discovery that the human brain has far more NEUROPLASTICITY than was previously believed to be the case. What Is Neuroplasticity? The brain’s quality of neuroplasticity can be defined as its capacity to be physically changed, not …

Why Some Parents Can’t Love Their Children

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It is generally assumed that parents (in particular, mothers) have an innate, instinctive, natural, and inborn capacity to love their children unconditionally. However, sadly, this is not the case. In this article, I will look at some of the most common factors that may inhibit a parent’s inclination to love his/her children : Factors  That …

Retraumatization Caused By Psychiatric Care Institutions

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  Retraumatization: If the trauma we experienced as children was severe enough, we may, as adults, at one time or another, require residential psychiatric care (such as inpatient treatment on a psychiatric ward in a hospital, as was necessary in my own case on several occasions). Obviously, the quality of the care we receive in …

Trauma Triggers : Definition And Examples

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TRAUMA TRIGGERS are events/occurrences that remind us (on either a conscious or unconscious level) of our original traumatic experiences causing us to feel extreme distress similar to that felt at the time of that original trauma. We are particularly likely to be affected by triggers at times of acute stress. Some examples of trauma triggers …