About Adoptee Rage

Statistics Identify large populations of Adoptees in prisons, mental hospitals and committed suicide.
Fifty years of scientific studies on child adoption resulting in psychological harm to the child and
poor outcomes for a child's future.
Medical and psychological attempts to heal the broken bonds of adoption, promote reunions of biological parents and adult children. The other half of attempting to repair a severed Identity is counselling therapy to rebuild the self.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Adopted Children's Forced Suppression of Anger, Biology of Response

Adopted Children's Forced Suppression of Anger
Biology of Response

The adopted child is conditioned to perform in the specific, coached appropriate responses. When these expectations are not properly met the controlling parent will react (instead of respond) with a large degree of hostility toward the defiant child.
The parent perceives the unacceptable response as a direct form of challenging the parent. Where narcissistic adoptive parents differ from normal biological child and parent, the parent has adopted the child to fulfill a stated purpose in the parent's plan
back at the time of adoption. The adoptive parent is chronically inconsistent with the adopted child, as more important tasks, and choice of how the adoptive parent prefers to spend their time. The adopted child is the stranger in a family's home, of which the relationship is a daily chore to reinforce. Unlike the biological parent and child relationship which is cohesive, natural and unconditional. The adoptive relationship is based on contract agreements, conditions and appropriate responses to please the parent.
The dysfunctional family environment fuels the frustration, anxiety and injustice toward the family's scapegoat. The unassigned position that grew with the child's age. The child
is not a valid family member, is temporary and is not expected or anticipated to linger beyond the age of majority. With the many assumptions, covert behavior, and general hostility  toward the perceived whipping boy. The adopted child has been conditioned early in life that his expression of emotions will not get him the attention he needs for food, comfort or nurturing.
Further the problem exists on a cognitive level where the child is often accused of misdeeds, unjustly punished and blamed for various reasons. As the adopted child receives attention and emotional aid from peers, friends, their families and teachers.
The adoptee realizes that his home life is different from the home and families of others. His cognitive and educational development has far surpassed the education capacity of the dominating parents. Yet he is not grown emotionally, and with the realization of his unfair treatment he is stalled and must remain compliant with his dominating parent.

Imagine this scenario or your own while reviewing below the
biological process of such a situation.

The act of holding-In your anger when your parent has wrongfully accused you, slapped your face and threatened you with unspeakable fear.    

How the body responds to conflict

The Biological Response to Conflict, Fear and Anger

The fight-or-flight response (also called the fight-or-flight-or-freeze responsehyperarousal, or the acute stress response
is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival. It was first described by Walter Bradford Cannon. His theory states that animals react to threats with a general discharge of the sympathetic nervous system, priming the animal for fighting or fleeing. More specifically, the adrenal medulla produces a hormonal cascade that results in the secretion of catecholamines, especially.

This response is recognized as the first stage of a general adaptation syndrome that regulates stress responses among vertebrates and other organisms

Autonomic nervous system

Sympathetic nervous system
Parasympathetic nervous system


The reaction begins in the amygdala, which triggers a neural response in the hypothalamus. The initial reaction is followed by activation of the pituitary gland and secretion of the hormone ACTH The adrenal gland is activated almost simultaneously and releases the neurotransmitter epinepherine. The release of chemical messengers results in the production of the hormone cortisol, which increases blood pressure, blood sugar, and suppresses the immune system. The initial response and subsequent reactions are triggered in an effort to create a boost of energy. This boost of energy is activated by epinephrine binding to liver cells and the subsequent production of glucose. Additionally, the circulation of cortisol functions to turn fatty acids into available energy, which prepares muscles throughout the body for response. Catecholamine hormones, such as adrenaline (epinephrine) or noradrenaline (norepinephrine), facilitate immediate physical reactions associated with a preparation for violent muscular action. These include the following:

Function of physiological changes

    The physiological changes that occur during the fight or flight response are activated in order to give the body increased strength and speed in anticipation of fighting or running. Some of the specific physiological changes and their functions include:
    • Increased blood flow to the muscles activated by diverting blood flow from other parts of the body.
    • Increased blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugars, and fats in order to supply the body with extra energy.
    • The blood clotting function of the body speeds up in order to prevent excessive blood loss in the event of an injury sustained during the response.
    • Increased muscle tension in order to provide the body with extra speed and strength.
    • The pupils dilate to help see with increased clarity.
    • Increased perspiration to prevent over-heating due to the increased metabolic rate.

    Evolutionary perspective

    An evolutionary psychology explanation is that early animals had to react to threatening stimuli quickly and did not have time to psychologically and physically prepare themselves. The fight or flight response provided them with the mechanisms to rapidly respond to threats against survival.


    A typical example of the stress response is a grazing zebra. If the zebra sees a  closing in for the kill, the stress response is activated. The escape requires intense muscular effort, supported by all of the body’s systems. The sympathetic nervous system’s activation rarely provides for these needs. A similar example involving fight is of a cat about to be attacked by a dog. The cat shows accelerated heartbeat, piloerection (hair standing on end, normally for conservation of heat), and pupil dilation, all signs of sympathetic arousal. Note that the zebra and cat still maintain homeostasis in all states.

    Emotional components

    Emotion regulation

    In the context of the fight or flight response, emotional regulation is used proactively to avoid threats of stress or to control the level of emotional arousal.

    Emotional reactivity

    During the reaction, the intensity of emotion that is brought on by the stimulus will also determine the nature and intensity of the behavioral response. Individuals with higher levels of emotional reactivity may be prone to anxiety and aggression, which illustrates the implications of appropriate emotional reaction in the fight or flight response.

    Cognitive components

    Content specificity

    The specific components of cognitions in the fight or flight response seem to be largely negative. These negative cognitions may be characterized by: attention to negative stimuli, the perception of ambiguous situations as negative, and the recurrence of recalling negative words. There are also may be specific negative thoughts associated with emotions commonly seen in the reaction.

    Perception of control

    Perceived control relates to an individual's thoughts about control over situations and events. Perceived control should be differentiated from actual control because an individual's beliefs about their abilities may not reflect their actual abilities. Therefore, overestimation or underestimation of perceived control can lead to anxiety and aggression.

    Social information processing

    Negative effects of the stress response in humans

    The stress response temporarily suppresses various biological processes such as sexual responses and digestive mechanisms. This is in an effort to focus on the stressor situation. While the fight or flight response is an adaptive reaction, prolonged increases in stress can cause a variety of negative physiological and psychological effects, including:

    Physiological effects
    • Headaches
    • Muscle tension and pain
    • Chest Pain
    • Fatigue
    • Changes in sex drive
    • Upset stomach
    • Problems Sleeping
    • Urinary Problems
    Psychological effects
    • Anxiety
    • Restlessness
    • Lack of motivation or focus
    • Irritability or anger
    • Depression
    Behavioral effects
    • Overeating and under eating
    • Drug and Alcohol abuse
    • Social withdrawal
    • Prolonged stress responses may result in chronic suppression of the immune system, leaving the body open to infections. However, there is a short boost of the immune system shortly after the fight or flight response has been activated. This may have filled an ancient need to fight the infections in a wound that one may have received during interaction with a predator.
      Stress responses are sometimes a result of mental disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, in which the individual shows a stress response when remembering a past trauma, and panic disorder, in which the stress response is activated by the catastrophic misinterpretations of bodily sensations.