Divorce Poison: How to Protect Your Family from Bad-mouthing and Brainwashing
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Divorce Poison: How to Protect Your Family from Bad-mouthing and Brainwashing

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by Richard A. Warshak
     
 

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Your ex-spouse is bad mouthing you to your children, constantly portraying you in a negative light, perhaps even trying to turn them against you. If you handle the situation ineffectively, your relationship with your children could suffer. You could lose their respect, lose their affections-even, in extreme cases, lose all contact with them. The conventional advice

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Your ex-spouse is bad mouthing you to your children, constantly portraying you in a negative light, perhaps even trying to turn them against you. If you handle the situation ineffectively, your relationship with your children could suffer. You could lose their respect, lose their affections-even, in extreme cases, lose all contact with them. The conventional advice is to do nothing, that fighting fire with fire will only result in greater injury to the children. But after years of consulting parents who heeded such advice with no success, Dr. Richard Warshak is convinced that this approach is wrong. It doesn't work, and parents are left feeling helpless and hopeless. DIVORCE POISON instead offers a blueprint for effective response. In it, you will learn how to distinguish different types of criticism, how and why parents manipulate their children, how to detect these maneuvers, and how these practices damage children. Most importantly, you'll discover powerful strategies to preserve and rebuild loving relationships with your children.

DIVORCE POISON is a time-tested work that gives parents powerful strategies to preserve and rebuild loving relationships with their children-and provides practical advice from legal and mental-health professionals to help their clients and safeguard the welfare of children. Whether they are perpetrators of divorce poison, victims of it, or both, parents who heed Dr. Warshak's advice will enable their children to maintain love and respect for their parents-even if their parents no longer love and respect each other.

Editorial Reviews

Doctor - John W. Santrock
"Divorce Poison is a must read for every parent involved in a hostile divorce."
Constance R. Ahrons
“With the wisdom and insight of years of professional experience, Dr. Richard A. Warshak shows parents how to avoid the painful repercussions that result when a child becomes the pawn of parental conflicts. If you’re divorced and you love your child, read this book!”
Armin Brott
“An absolute must-read for any parent going through a divorce. Warshak lays bare the evils of parental alienation and gives readers the knowledge they need to defend themselves—and their children—against it.”
Warren Farrell
“A breakthrough book. . . . Original, well-written, balanced, and filled with insights, it is perfect for any parent who has been the victim of bad-mouthing.”
Michael Gurian
“Divorce Poison is destined to become a classic. Dr. Warshak’s sympathy for mothers, fathers, and relatives struggling to maintain their children’s affection is outweighed only by his compassion for the children themselves.”
Richard A. Gardner
“This book is a testament to Dr. Warshak’s vast experience, erudition, and deep commitment to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the various categories of alienated children.”
Susan Jeffers
“Offers valuable advice, especially for those times when the going gets tough with your ex. It also helps you understand and heal your own hurts without hurting the children you love.”
Mark Pendergrast
“Always painful, divorce can turn lethal when one parent attempts to poison the children against an ex-spouse. In this balanced, compassionate book, Richard Warshak offers vital advice to those caught in the emotional maelstrom of a bitter divorce.”
Dr. John W. Santrock
“Divorce Poison is a must read for every parent involved in a hostile divorce.”
From the Publisher
"Useful resource for families dealing with divorce and child rearing." —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061863264
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/19/2010
Pages:
315
Sales rank:
84,579
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are saying about this

Susan Jeffers
“Offers valuable advice, especially for those times when the going gets tough with your ex. It also helps you understand and heal your own hurts without hurting the children you love.”
Michael Gurian
“Divorce Poison is destined to become a classic. Dr. Warshak’s sympathy for mothers, fathers, and relatives struggling to maintain their children’s affection is outweighed only by his compassion for the children themselves.”
Constance R. Ahrons
“With the wisdom and insight of years of professional experience, Dr. Richard A. Warshak shows parents how to avoid the painful repercussions that result when a child becomes the pawn of parental conflicts. If you’re divorced and you love your child, read this book!”
Armin Brott
“An absolute must-read for any parent going through a divorce. Warshak lays bare the evils of parental alienation and gives readers the knowledge they need to defend themselves—and their children—against it.”
Mark Pendergrast
“Always painful, divorce can turn lethal when one parent attempts to poison the children against an ex-spouse. In this balanced, compassionate book, Richard Warshak offers vital advice to those caught in the emotional maelstrom of a bitter divorce.”
Warren Farrell
“A breakthrough book. . . . Original, well-written, balanced, and filled with insights, it is perfect for any parent who has been the victim of bad-mouthing.”
Richard A. Gardner
“This book is a testament to Dr. Warshak’s vast experience, erudition, and deep commitment to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the various categories of alienated children.”
John W. Santrock
“Divorce Poison is a must read for every parent involved in a hostile divorce.”

Meet the Author

Dr. Richard A. Warshak is a clinical professor of psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. An international authority and consultant to parents and attorneys on divorce and parental alienation, Dr. Warshak has spoken at the White House, and his work has been featured in a PBS documentary and in media including The Early Show, Today, CNN, CTV, the New York Times, USA Today, Macleans, the London Sunday Telegraph, the Toronto Star, and Time.

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Divorce Poison 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought I was all alone dealing with an ex that can't comprehend his hatefulness toward me and how it affects the kids. This book gave me tools and knowledge to handle the situations that come up. It's a difficult subject and even more difficult to deal with but at least I know I'm not alone and the "poison" is real.
braindoktor More than 1 year ago
Great information for anyone affected by this horrible situation. I also highly recommend the related video, "Welcome Back Pluto".
Teatime94 More than 1 year ago
I was turned on to this book after being divorced for 11 yrs and I wish I really would have known about it at the time. It is a great book and I think anything that can give you insight as to how to take care of your children in a responsible way is good. If you by this book you will not regret it. I am not even a third of the way through it and I have learned alot...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parental Alienation has happened to me too, and NO I was not an abusive father, but a hard-working, supportive, loving, caring and pro-feminism father. This book opened my eyes as to what was happening with my children after divorce. I learned why any effort to keep in touch with my children was seen as threatening intrussion by their mother, and why the relationship with my children was destroyed. Many will attack this book because of political reasons, without realizing that both men and women are now victims to this tragedy. If you are a parent who has lost contact with your children, this book is a MUST READ. It will let you know what is happening and how to cope with it. Once you have bought it, and I hope for the sake of your own sanity you do, WRITE A REVIEW for others to know that this ugly truth DOES HAPPEN, to MEN and WOMEN.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous book. I have lived this for the last 3 years. It can and DOES happen. I believe all judges dealing with custody cases need to read this as they must be informed about parental bashing and brainwashing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excelent, it helped me get through a lot of probs i was having with my parents, specialy my dad. All in all i think i have become a better person since reading it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I had this book seven years ago, I would have been able to save my relationship with my daughter. This book is a very real picture of what happens to children when an ex decides to manipulate children for his own selfish motives, with absolutely no regard for what will happen to the children after the alienation is complete.An absolute must read for parents who are divorcing,or have divorced.
KatherineSearle More than 1 year ago
"Thank you so much for your book. I feel like I owe you so much more than the little I paid for your book. I am confident that by using the tools you present in your book, I will be able to rebuild my relationship with my little girl. It never ever made sense to me why my little girl would be so upset and terrified at the thought of coming with me, yet my other children have very good relationships with me, as does every other child I have in my life. Now, thanks to you, my heart will not be broken into pieces when she expresses fear and hatred towards me. I will understand what is happening, and I will have the tools to counteract it."
Christine Federico More than 1 year ago
This book has given me more insight and understanding about what my ex has done and is still doing w our teenage son. The advice is helpful and has given me back some hope re a healthy relationship w our son. I highly recomend this book for anyone going thru a divorce w children.
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