Category: Adopted Child Psychological Abuse
Psychological Projection and Projective Identification
Common Psychological Injuries to Adopted Children
Perpetrated By their Adoptive Parents
The psychological impact of adoption on the adopted child alone is cause for public concern regarding the lifelong circumstances, deprivations, problems and psychological struggles that effect the population of adult adoptees. Compounding the the adopted child's mental health complexities is the consistent problem of ineffectual, compromised mental health status and borderline personality, including the dangerous and questionable narcissistic adoptive parent. The bare minimum screening effects on the general public is essentially lacking. Where children are placed in questionable psychological circumstances of adopting parents are overlooked when considering the opportunistic economic benefit by financial status of the adopting parents, which is no surprise in the material consumer culture that allows the buying, selling and returning of dependent minor children. The statistics grow more corruptible each year as adopted and foster care child abuse and murder are swept under the media to protect the integrity of the adoption industries image.
The psychological defense mechanism behaviors of psychological projection and projective identity are common adoptive parent coping mechanisms perpetrated on innocent and impressionable young children that have no choices in adoption placement or self preservation. Adult adoptees in recovery can identify the adoptive parents common psychological manipulative methods of parenting and the effects of being raised by people that take advantage of child adoption for reasons other than a child's benefit. In too many adoption child abuse cases the parent's psychological immaturity and psychological development stagnation places the adopted children psychologically older than some of the adoptive parents. Circumstances where the adopted child is providing the care and nurturing to the psychologically compromised adoptive parent is not uncommon, morally wrong and a tremendous burden to the adopted child who's childhood is used for the benefit of others. The population of physical, sexual and psychologically abused adopted children and adult adoptees grows daily in disturbing numbers, yet the social avoidance, invalidation and social silence remains acceptable and promoted by the same populations that exploit, deny and discard the adopted child.
- Blaming the victim The victim of someone else's accident or bad luck may be offered criticism, the theory being that the victim may be at fault for having attracted the other person's hostility.
- Projection of marital guilt: Thoughts of indidelity to a partner may be unconsciously projected in self-defence on to the partner in question, so that the guilt attached to the thoughts can be repudiated or turned to blame instead, in a process linked to denial.
- Bullying: A bully may project his/her own feelings of vulnerability onto the target(s) of the bullying activity. Despite the fact that a bully's typically denigrating activities are aimed at the bully's targets, the true source of such negativity is ultimately almost always found in the bully's own sense of personal insecurity and/or vulnerability. Such aggressive projections of displaced negative emotions can occur anywhere from the micro-level of interpersonal relationships, all the way up through to the macro-level of international politics, or even international armed conflict.
- Projection of general guilt: Projection of a severe conscience is another form of defence, one which may be linked to the making of false accusations, personal or political.
- Projection of hope: Also, in a more positive light, a patient may sometimes project his or her feelings of hope onto the therapist.