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.

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Attachment-Failed Adult Adoptee


The Attachment-Failed Adult Adoptee

The adopted child that was raised in a hostile, conflict ridden   and violent adoptive home that provided the adopted child with constant unrelenting fear of the adoptive mother, only served the adoptive mother's temporary need for a baby. When the adopted child emerges from infancy, the cuteness of a dependent infant has long worn off. The adoptive mother is now stuck with a non biological child that she resents, blames and provokes her hostility. The adopted child is now a terrible reminder that her fantasy of adopting a child was not rewarding, not how she thought it was going to be and to her efforts to save a child were a complete waste of time. The independent adopted child that emerges is the consequence of adopting an adorable dependent infant.        The adopted child and later adult adoptee now lives with the psychological flaws caused by indifferent and hostile primary caregiver adoptive parent. Secondary attachment to the adoptive mother is a risky gamble that adoption agencies market as a smooth transition to adopted infant or child attachment. Adopted infants are biologically attached to their mothers before birth and the severing of contact and proximity only exacerbates this psychological damage in the biological mother and her offspring.
Below is the symptoms of unattached children who's secondary attachment to their adoptive mothers has failed miserably.  
Instability or disruption in relationships in the care system may give infants or children major problems in their ability to trust and therefore attach to parents or caregivers.
The specific kinds of problems that are frequently shown by children who have experienced faulty attachments to their parents are as follows:
Conscience Development
1. May not show normal anxiety following aggressive or cruel behavior
2. May not show guilt when breaking rules or laws
3. May project blame on others
Impulse Control
1. Exhibits poor control; depends on others to provide external control of behavior
2. Exhibits lack of foresight
3. Has a poor attention span
1. Sees self as undeserving
2. Sees self as incapable of change
3. Is unable to get satisfaction from tasks well done
4. Has difficulty having fun
Inter-personal Interactions
1. Lacks trust in others
2. Demands affection but lacks depth in relationships
3. Exhibits hostile dependency
4. Needs to be in control of all situations
5. Has impaired social maturity
1. Has trouble recognizing own feelings
2. Has difficulty expressing feelings appropriately, especially anger, sadness, frustration
3. Has difficulty recognizing feelings in others
Cognitive Problems
1. Has trouble with basic cause and effect
2. Experiences problems with logical thinking
3. Appears to have confused thought processes
4. Has difficulty thinking ahead
5. May have an impaired sense of time
6. Has difficulties with abstract thinking
Developmental Problems
1. May have difficulty with auditory processing
2. May have difficulty expressing self well verbally
3. May have gross motor problems
4. May experience delays in fine motor adaptive skills
5. May experience delays in personal-social development
6. May have inconsistant levels of skills in all of the above areas
Unattached children have difficulty relating normally with others. How do the above problems relate to the lack of attachment? In the child's first relationship with his primary caregivers he learns what he can and cannot expect from others. Children who do not experience a healthy give and take in this relationship may not be able to experience it in other relationships.
It is most difficult for the unattached child to grow socially. They have great difficulty learning to build and maintain relationships of any sort. Having received little love, they have trouble giving it. They have not learned to care for others. They continue in their babyish ways---self-centered and acting impulsively. They have difficulty incorporating rules and laws. Their first concern is "What's in it for me?"
Because these children do not trust others, many of the kinds of behaviors seen in such children are aimed at keeping people at a distance. Some of the behavior patterns children exhibit to keep people at a distance are:
Poor Eye Contact
It has been seen that eye contact is important in bonding between the parent and child. It is not surprising that many unbonded children make little eye contact with others. Many are self-conscious or truly surprised that anyone wants to look at them. In many families there is a struggle for control. If a child looks the parent in the eye the disturbed parent may see that action as a challenge.
Many children with attachment problems withdraw from interactions with others. Some may do so physically; others seem to put a shield around them; they may be physically near, but distant emotionally.
A further kind of withdrawal resembles fear. As the parent reaches out to the child he cringes; if the parent hugs the child he pulls away or tightens up. All children who withdraw from physical closeness this way have not been abused. Some may simply have learned about the effect their behavior has on adults. The child learns that cringing, fearful behavior is effective in keeping adults at a distance.
Chronic Anxiety
When a child is confident that his parent will be available when needed, he is less prone to anxiety that is intense or chronic. The most frightening situation for the child is one in which he needs his parent and that parent is not available. This kind of anxiety is greater in children who have been moved without preparation, or who have had other major changes in their lives occur abruptly. Children who experience chronic anxiety are also often very possessive and clinging.
Lack of Self-Awareness
Some unattached or neglected children seem very aware of their environment, but very unaware of their own bodies. They may over-eat until their stomachs are distended, and they are at the point of vomiting. They may not react to pain and seem unaware of extremes of temperature. Many of these children are bedwetters. It is as if they never learned to pay attention to the signals of their own bodies or want to alleviate their own discomfort. Such behavior may develop in children whose parents are unresponsive to them, who take care of the child when they feel like it, rather than when the child needs it.
Some children with attachment problems appear to be over-competent and do not seem to need parents. They often insist on doing everything themselves. This is not normal childhood behavior.
Aggressive Behavior, Indiscriminate Affection, Control Battles, The Two- Twenty Syndrome,
Delayed Conscience Development are other behavior patterns that keep people at a distance.
These ideas are taken from a paper "Attachment and Separation" by Vera Fahlberg published by the British Agencies for Fostering and Adoption.
Bonding: Relationships in the Image of God by Donald M. Joy, Ph.D. Word Publ, 1985.
The Secret Life of the Unborn Child by Thomas Verny, M.D., Delta, NY, 1981.