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Family Dynamics of Incest - Part 3

Listed below is a description of four types of men who engage in incest. I have described how this may stimulate the son after witnessing his father’s incestuous behavior (read Sibling Incest) but the discussion below describes the father’s personality traits and behaviors.[1]

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Family Dynamics of Incest- Part 2

This blog is a continuation of my discussion about the dynamics of family incest.[1] As we found out from what I wrote in Part 1, although the oldest daughter has borne the brunt of meeting her father’s cravings for intimacy, her younger brother and sister have also suffered. Even though the father has become skillful in practicing his molestation techniques out-of-sight, it is nearly impossible for accidental sightings of wrongdoing not to occur.

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Family Dynamics of Incest- Part 1

I am going to begin a series of articles which will describe many of the dynamics of what happens in an incestuous home. Not all homes were incest occurs fit this description, but it is pretty accurate. I am summarizing information from an excellent overview written by Patricia Crigler, who at the time she wrote it was Commander, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Navy, and Director, Substance Abuse Department, Naval Hospital, San Diego, California. [1] Her characteristics of incest struck home with me because I was raised in a military family. This discussion does not go into military life per se, but is fairly accurate for a large percentage of incestuous families in America.

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Wounds that Won't Heal- Part 2

What has been learned about childhood abuse’s impact on the brain will hopefully lead to new ideas for treatment.[1] The most immediate conclusion, however, is the crucial need for prevention. If childhood maltreatment exerts enduring negative effects on the developing brain, fundamentally altering one’s mental capacity and personality, it may be possible to compensate for these abnormalities – to succeed in spite of them.

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Wounds that Won't Heal- Part 1

We easily understand how beating a child may damage the developing brain, but what about the all-too-common psychological abuse of children? Because the abuse was not physical, these children may be told, as adults, that they should just “get over it.”[1]

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