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  •  Seeing the parents separately (2+ / 0-)
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    barbwires, sherlyle

    I strongly suspect that the daughter has concocted entirely different stories and personas for her parents, and feared having those conflicts exposed by being together with both of them at the same time.  Manipulation requires a consistent story, and if parents started comparing notes the daughter might fear loss of love from both parents.

    I agree that girls, particularly, can have a maternal instinct activated to pull themselves out of trouble.  But it doesn't always work, and sometimes they drag others down with them.  Don't know if there's a little one in this girl's life to serve that function.

    Very interesting thoughts you've got there.

    -4.50, -5.85 Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls. -- Rumi

    by Dallasdoc on Sun Mar 11, 2007 at 10:09:27 AM PDT

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    •  You make an important point. (2+ / 0-)
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      Dallasdoc, myrealname

      Maybe these parents urgently need to compare notes, make sure they have same info coming from her.  Maybe the father's attitude might be partially explained by the fact that he's getting a different story from her, different affect.
      One of the suggestions for helping her involved resident care..I was wondering if there might be younger children there that might make her feel emotionally stronger.  
      Your insight always a valuable thing, Dallasdoc, particularly in such an instance.  Thanks!

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