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Why Might An Alienating Parent Try to Remove Life Long Friends From Their Children’s Lives?

An alienating parent may have various motivations for removing lifelong friends from their children's lives when engaging in parental alienation.

By isolating the child from lifelong friends, the alienating parent gains more control over the child's social circle and influences. Removing these friends can limit the child's exposure to alternative perspectives or supportive relationships that may challenge the alienating parent's narrative.

Lifelong friends may have insights and knowledge about the non-alienating parent's positive qualities or the alienating tactics being employed. By severing these connections, the alienating parent can ensure that the child is not exposed to any information that contradicts their own narrative of the non-alienating parent being unworthy or harmful.

Lifelong friends may serve as a source of emotional support, encouragement, and stability for the child. Removing them can diminish these positive influences and make the child more dependent on the alienating parent for emotional validation, further strengthening the alienator's control over the child's perception.

By removing lifelong friends, the alienating parent can create an environment where the child becomes solely dependent on them for social interactions and emotional support. This can make it easier for the alienating parent to manipulate and shape the child's beliefs, loyalty, and behaviors according to their own agenda.

Lifelong friends often have shared memories and experiences with the non-alienating parent that can counter the alienating parent's negative portrayal of them. By erasing these positive memories, the alienating parent aims to rewrite the narrative and convince the child that all experiences with the non-alienating parent were negative or unimportant.

It's important to understand that these motivations are rooted in the alienating parent's agenda and desire to maintain control, rather than being in the best interest of the child's well-being or healthy development. Removing lifelong friends from a child's life can be damaging, as it limits their social support network and potentially exacerbates the negative effects of parental alienation.



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