Persecutory Delusion

By Craig Childress, PsyD

Let me provide you with a little language option when discussing the persecutory delusion with other people – you can also refer to it as a “thought disorder” – as a “distortion to how the person perceives and interprets situations.”

The persecutory delusion is the label – the thought disorder is the description of what it is – a distortion to the way the person perceives and interprets situations – a thought disorder.

It’s caused by unresolved trauma. The unresolved trauma distorts how the person perceives and interprets situations.

They perceive threat where no threat exists – that’s the persecutory delusion – the belief that other people are motivated by a malevolent intent – a “wish to do evil” to them, or to the child.

The unresolved trauma distorts their perceptions and interpretations. When the distortion is severe, it’s called a thought disorder. This specific type of thought disorder is called a persecutory delusion.

The parent’s distorted perceptions are being imposed on the child, creating a shared delusional belief – a shared thought disorder – in supposed “victimization” by a “malevolent” parent.

That’s not true. The targeted parent loves their child. They’re not a malevolent threat to the child – that’s crazy. It’s called a thought disorder.

It has its origins in the unresolved childhood trauma of the parent. It is then being imposed on the child through aberrant and distorted parenting practices (called pathogenic parenting – producing pathology in the child).

It’s also called “the transference” – i.e., the transfer of childhood attachment patterns to current relationships.

Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857

Author: GreatCosmicMothersUnited

I have joined with many parents affected with the surreal , yet accepted issue of child abuse via Pathogenic Parenting / Domestic abuse. As a survivor of Domestic Abuse, denial abounded that 3 sons were not affected. In my desire to be family to those who have found me lacking . As a survivor of psychiatric abuse, therapist who abused also and toxic prescribed medications took me to hell on earth with few moments of heaven. I will share my life, my experiences and my studies and research.. I will talk to small circles and I will council ; as targeted parents , grandparents , aunts , uncles etc. , are denied contact with a child for reasons that serve the abuser ...further abusing the child. I grasp the trauma and I have looked at the lost connection to a higher power.. I grasp when one is accustomed to privilege, equality can feel like discrimination.. Shame and affluence silences a lot of facts , truths that have been labeled "negative". It is about liberation of the soul from projections of a alienator , and abuser ..

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