Transference is the trauma reenactment narrative. It was first identified and named by Freud. He was working primarily with women who lost feeling in a limb as a result of childhood sexual abuse trauma, called a Conversion Disorder (the psychological trauma of sexual abuse is “converted” into a physical disorder of paralysis.
The patient “transfers” the patterns (expectations) of their childhood trauma onto the blank-screen psychoanalyst. That’s why the psychoanalyst sits behind the patient, who lays on a coach and free associates, just says whatever comes into their mind… for an hour… several times a week.
This creates a therapeutic situation in which the patient “transfers” the patterns of their childhood trauma – their expectations created by childhood trauma – onto the analyst, who then interprets the patient’s expectations and how they bias and distort the patient’s perceptions.
That’s the transference – the transfer of trauma patterns. The construct of transference is from the world of psychoanalysis – Freud and the couch.
In the world of cognitive-behavioral therapy (lab rats in a Skinner box), the construct is “schemas” patterns of expectations we develop based on our “learning history.”
In the world of attachment theory, the construct is “internal working models” – the expectations we develop for relationships.
In the world of trauma it is called the trauma reenactment narrative, the storyline created by trauma that is added to all future relationships – the typical pattern being “abusive” parent/”victimized” child/”protective” parent. People are enticed and manipulated to play out the roles in the person’s trauma reenactment narrative.
In your families, the child is enticed and manipulated into the “victimized child” role, which then automatically creates the “abusive parent” role for the targeted parent (irrespective of what the actual parenting by the targeted parent is), and the also allows the allied parent to adopt (and conspicuously display) the coveted role as the all-wonderful “protective parent” – a reenactment of the childhood trauma story – the transfer of this childhood storyline to current relationships.
I encouraged 2 men who were adopted to seek their Mom’s .
One had 11/12 siblings , a tragic story of separation, he being
the only one adopted. They have meet , much love , Mom passed.
The other Mother , 40 years ago was told by her husband that her
child died at delivery , but he was given up for adoption . She
Found out , much later , and searched for her son. Encouraging
his wife searched and located his birth Mom and his family
recently relocated to be nearer to Mom and extended family
which was massive also.
It cleared up so much for each one of them..❤️
After Ronnie Rudolph separated from his wife, he packed up his belongings and moved away. He ended up finding a job at a concrete plant over 1,200 miles away in Lebanon, Tennessee. There was much distance between them, but Ronnie kept in touch with his daughter, Janie, via phone conversations from his job site. In…
— Read on www.littlethings.com/dad-daughter-26-years/
What we are accomplishing here – what you are accomplishing – is going to be a matter for professional study for the next 50 years.
I suspect this period of study will start about five years after I’m dead, but there’s probably about a 10% chance the “reflective study of change processes within forensic psychology and the family courts” might begin before I’m dead.
When this reflective study process begins, there is an awful lot of data. All of the blogs and Facebook posts, not only from me but from everyone – that’s called “archival data” – and because it’s on the Internet, its freely available – no consent for research is needed. Public record – archival data.
So, for example, one doctoral student dissertation topic might be an analysis of the legislative changes to the child abuse reporting laws, and how that developed and was accomplished. Mind you, this will be from 20-20 hindsight – in retrospect – once it’s accomplished. Suz’s initial work will figure prominently, the Pennsylvania House testimony, and then whatever happens now, what we do next and how we achieve the changes to the child abuse reporting laws to include psychological child abuse.
It will happen. It’s just a matter of time. Psychological child abuse is in the DSM-5. The analysis will be from hindsight, a retrospective analysis of the Internet-driven change process for… forensic psychology… the family courts… the legislative laws governing child abuse reporting.,, pick your topic area for the dissertation, the data is on the Internet in posts and blogs… the analysis will follow after the accomplishment.
We’re accomplishing right now, we’re advocating, we’re in the midst of battle. But this battle won’t be forever. We will defeat ignorance and incompetence, we will win our battle with cruelty and the psychological violence creating your suffering. Your children will return to you, we will solve the pathology, and we will set up structures in the family court process and in its interface with clinical psychology, to bring solution to post-divorce family conflict.
This is inevitable. There is no alternative. Children deserve their childhoods filled with abundant love.
As this is solved, one group of researchers will be young early-career professionals at academic institutions who are captivated by the more complex and integrated description provided by an attachment-based model of “parental alienation.” The three diagnostic indicators of AB-PA and the Associated Clinical Signs (ACS) provide wonderful variables for a correlational or experimental design, and these early-career Associate or Assistant Professors at mid-range universities can then add whatever dependent variable they want; gender, style of communication (a Roberts Apperception Test for Children would be wonderful).
My guess is that there will also be an second wave of research which will be comprised of doctoral graduate students working on their dissertations. These are the dissertations that will examine various aspects of the “social change process” within professional psychology and the family courts – sort of meta research. I would welcome any email from a dissertation chair asking for my support for a student’s dissertation on AB-PA or Internet psychology.
For example, I can envision a dissertation doing a critical examination of the Gardner PAS – Childress AB-PA debate. I’ve personally read almost none of Karen Woodall’s blogs, they’re all pretty much the same PAS stuff. But these graduate students can read her stuff and my stuff, and line things up – and they can come up with their theories about the change process. All from 20-20 hindsight (or governed by their research hypothesis).
Here’s an interesting one if the student gets on it quickly, their dissertation can involve sending three people, Dr. Childress, Dr. Bernet, and Karen Woodall a set of 10 questions. They don’t even have to be the same questions. Whatever you want. Look at the change process, look at the pathology, come up with 10 questions for the three of us, send us your questions. That’s an interesting study. Run it through your IRB and get your committee, I’ll send you my 10 answers.
What the pathogen doesn’t realize… but I do… is that everything is documented on the Internet. This is all data for a future research study. You didn’t know that? Of course it is. We’ll all be dead and gone and our writing will be data for a retrospective research study looking back on the change process within forensic psychology and the family court system. It’s called “archival data” – doctoral students love archival data, it’s already collected for them and the IRB process is simple (no consent for research needed; it’s public domain archival data).
For example, what the APA is dealing with right now is their Penn State Joe Paterno moment, their Catholic church sex abusing priests scandal. What does the APA do? Do they try to cover up scandal (which they ultimately can’t do, and it will all come to light; including their cover up), or do they stand up and come clean, distance themselves from the ignorance and incompetence that led to the scandal, and do the right thing in supporting parents and families?
Right now we have the APA’s Joe Paterno Penn State Catholic Church sex abuse scandal type of decision pending… soon they will decide what to do, come clean and do the right thing, or attempt a cover up of the rampant and unchecked professional ignorance and incompetence in forensic psychology. What will they do?
Soon, their decision will be made and it will become data in the future research examination of this change process. Maybe Dr. Childress, AB-PA, and Bowlby-Minuchin-Beck are all wrong… the APA and the Gardnerians better hope so. Because if AB-PA is correct – and it is – then the APA and the Gardnerians don’t look so good; the APA for covering up ethical violations by psychologists, and the Gardnerians for being false allies of parents.
We’ll see. Maybe I’m wrong. The Gardnerians are banking on it, that we will not be able to create a solution using AB-PA. They’re rooting against us creating a solution. Strange position for them. PASG… recognize that you are an entire section for any dissertation analysis – your response. We are living a future dissertation study – it is likely publishable.
The dissertation topic I’d really encourage for a doctoral graduate student is allies – look at the allies of the pathology. That is a phenomenal feature. No other pathology recruits allies; not ADHD, not autism, not anxiety disorders, not depression… only this pathology (personality disorder pathology; trauma… attachment trauma) seeks and creates allies.
Specifically, if I were a doctoral grad student, I’d look to the flying monkey phenomenon. I’d start by linking this to the popular culture urban dictionary construct and to gang-stalking. In this section of the dissertation I would note the link to Fromm’s malignant narcissism.
Next section would be to look at other narcissistic pathology (such as dictators) and how a cadre of “flying monkey” allies develops around the narcissistic pathology. This can move into a broader look at charismatic leadership in cult groups… stay focused on the allies who help to enact the pathogen (for Hitler, for example, this would be Himmler, Goring, etc… but especially Rohm and particularly Heydrich are the flying monkey pathology, who take sadistic gratification in the suffering they create in others).
There’s two levels to the allies – the flying monkey pathology is one level. For this court-involved pathology, the two levels are the flying monkey allies who attack savagely, and the second level are the professional allies in psychology and the legal system who are actively supporting the pathology. The flying monkey (gang-stalking) ally of the pathogen is the Rohm-Heydrich psychology. The professional-level ally are the Goring, Hess, Goebbels level. Tough to place Himmler (there’s an interesting dissertation discussion point; is Himmler a flying monkey savage ally or a professional-level enacting ally?).
But that’s just the intro for the dissertation. The actual dissertation would be to collect a sample of the Facebook attacks on Dorcy, do a content analysis and see if they group into particular themes (I’m sure they do). You might also look at the evolution of themes over time. That’s the next section. Another section could look at what happened when I blocked their attempt to defame her, pull the Facebook posts and look at their response, how did it shift?
Then close the dissertation with a discussion of the group-mind. Even Kennedy, the Bay of Pigs, and group-think is applicable; deferring and supporting the narcissistic center. But especially trauma, how trauma seeks to vicariously act itself out through the trauma reenactment narrative (through the transference).
I’m never going to get to that at that level of the data. It’ll have to be a doctoral student study of the flying monkey (gang-stalking) aspect of the pathology. Notice I add gang-stalking. There is a malignant form of this pathogen – first identified by Erich Fromm. He called it malignant narcissism.
From Wikipedia: “The social psychologist Erich Fromm first coined the term “malignant narcissism” in 1964, describing it as a “severe mental sickness” representing “the quintessence of evil”. He characterized the condition as “the most severe pathology and the root of the most vicious destructiveness and inhumanity”
From Wikipedia: “Kernberg believed that malignant narcissism should be considered part of a spectrum of pathological narcissism, which he saw as ranging from Hervey M. Cleckley’s antisocial character (what is now referred to as psychopathy or antisocial personality) at the high end of severity, through malignant narcissism, and then to narcissistic personality disorder at the low end. The malignant narcissist thus represents a less extreme form of pathological narcissism than psychopathy.”
Of note in this regard is the research on the Dark Triad personality:
So there’s all sorts of fertile grounds for a graduate student doctoral dissertation. Narcissistic personality pathology almost never shows up for therapy, yet is is responsible for child abuse and many forms of sadistic cruelty and violence. Here’s a perfect opportunity for a young early career professional to stake out a professional expertise in an emerging field of importance – narcissistic personality pathology and complex trauma.
Can an early career psychologist be a top expert in autism? Unlikely. In ADHD? Nope. What about in narcissistic pathology and trauma… yes. This is still an emerging field. It won’t take much to be one of the top… and a dissertation on some aspect of pathological narcissism in court-involved family pathology would be an excellent start.
It will come at some point, the “reflective analysis of change processes in forensic psychology and the family courts.” The 20-20 hindsight of graduate student dissertations will dissect the change process this way and that… examining the response of the APA to the Petition to the APA, examining the response of forensic psychology and the AFCC, examining “new theory” ignorance in forensic psychology’s response, examining how Dr. Childress used blogs and Facebook to leverage change, the response of the Gardnerian PAS “allies” to the change process, all sorts of dissertation possibilities.
I estimate it will start about five years after I’m dead, because people feel more comfortable once the person’s dead. That’s fine with me, I don’t care. I’m just saying, the pathogen’s allies should be aware… history will be looking with the cold professional analysis of scientific research at everything that is happening. These are important times. How did change occur? Who tried to stop solution?
Did you know that I started my professional career as an Internet psychologist. Oh yeah. I understand the Internet very well. I’ve had invited presentations to the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and the World Health Organization on Internet psychology. If you’re a graduate student and want to do a dissertation on Internet psychology and AB-PA; start with Richard Dawkins The Selfish Gene, focus on Chapter 11: Memes.
One of the things Kuhn noted is that while the ideas shift early, the new paradigm does not become established until all the old people are dead. It’s like a culling of the ignorance.
The world belongs to the emerging ideas of the next generation – it belongs to the now-entering psychologists and therapists, the ones with the desire to excel, to solve, to establish themselves at the top of their profession. Attachment – complex trauma – family systems therapy – personality disorder pathology. These are the gateways into excellence for the next generation of psychologists.