Dr. Richard Gardner the Originator of Parental Alienation Syndrome..set out to create a syndrome for which he will be remembered by, Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) and ultimately will be remembered for how his syndrome destroys families and generates a feeding frenzy of litigation in the family court system

“Gardner, as a rationalist, has a belief in the possibility of ideas becoming “deeply embedded in the brain circuitry” of professionals, of whom he is one. He has set out to systematically establish the existence of a syndrome, for which he will be remembered, according to the rituals of present-day scientific process, to burn this into their brain circuitry….But that’s not science.It is still hard to say whether, on aggregate, the focus on this syndrome is helpful….But however much PAS achieves in the grand scheme of things, over a period of years, it is probably the wrong tool for the courts…” — Julian Fitzgerald, Leeds (UK), “Denial of the Parental Alienation Syndrome Also Harms Women”: http://www.shatterdmen.com/PAS%20harms%20Women.htm


(Trigger Warning) The following quotes demonstrate Dr. Richard’s Legacy, the controversial Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS), which states abuse allegations are to be mistrusted when raised in the context of family court litigation because mothers accuse ex partners of abuse as a form of retaliation or because they lust after the ex, who does not return the feelings.

NOTE Parental alienation or domestic violence by proxy is real, and does occur…this article is not meant to discredit the suffering of parents who are being forced out of the lives of their children but rather to explore how Gardner’s misappropriation of the word “alienation” and it’s meaning has led to further abuse, and alienation because now parents who speak about alienation are vilified for being connected to Gardner.

Dr. Richard Gardner is a disgraced psychologist who worked as a paid court witness and public speaker. He invented the PAS syndrome to help defend abusers in court, an earned up to $500 an hour for his services. Dr. Gardner’s work quickly spread throughout the court and legal system, his views have shaped opinions on the law, society, family relationships and abuse. Gardner’s work is widely criticized for his lack of scientific validity, and because he endorses the worst kind of child abuse. To this day, abuse advocates, legal professions and families are struggling with Dr. Gardner’s shameful legacy of PAS–which has contributed to judges awarding custody of vulnerable children to dangerous abusers.


The child who has suffered bona fide abuse may very well have enjoyed the experience and will often suffer guilt over such pleasure because the child has subsequently learned that the act is an unacceptable, sinful, or even criminal act.”

The child should be able to pity the father for the curse (in our society) of having pedophilic tendencies.  In other times and other places, he would be considered normal.” 

“Some children experience ‘high sexual urges in early infancy.’ There is good reason to believe that most, if not all, children have the capacity to reach orgasm at the time they are born.” Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (p. 15)

Judges are not free from the psychopathological mechanisms. . .  They too may have repressed pedophilic impulses over which there is suppression, repression, and guilt.  Inquiry into the details of the case provides voyeuristic and vicarious gratifications. . .  Incarcerating the alleged perpetrator may serve psychologically to obliterate the judge’s own projected pedophilic impulses.”

Overview of Dr. Richard Gardner’s Opinions on Pedophilia and Child Sexual Abuse (Leadership Council): http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/pas/RAG.html

Quotes By Richard Gardner (Stop Family Violence): http://www.stopfamilyviolence.org/info/custody-abuse/parental-alienation/quotes-by-richard-gardner

Quotes by Gardner: Proponent of PAS (Parenting Abused Kids): https://parentingabusedkids.wordpress.com/2007/08/30/quotes-by-gardner-proponent-of-pas/

California Judges Assoc, Family Law Bar & Psychologists Support Child Abuse Cover Up (Battered Moms Loose Custody) May 8, 2009: http://batteredmomslosecustody.wordpress.com/2009/05/08/california-judges-assoc-family-law-bar-psychologists-support-child-abuse-cover-up/

Video “Parental Alienation – Invented by a Pedophile” : http://imissedbeingme.blogspot.com/2008/11/parental-alienation-invented-by.html


The judge also severely limited the mother’s access to the children. Ordered not to harass them or go within 300 metres of them, she can see them only in the context of counselling. The father was granted the power to confiscate the girls’ cellphones and any other communication devices to prevent their mother’s interference. He also has the right to whisk them out of the province and the country to get counselling. The victory comes after much frustration….Even so, there are no longitudinal studies about whether radical intervention works, several experts acknowledged.” Courts can rescue kids from an alienating parent, Sarah Hampson, Globe and Mail Published on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/article969086.ece


In exasperation, target parents often want to “cure” the toxic parent with medication or therapy. The problem with medication as a solution is that it is very difficult to get another person to take it consistently. After all, in their mind, there isn’t anything wrong with them…Therapy can, in fact, make these troubled individuals worse. Since they do not feel moral emotions of empathy, sympathy, or compassion, the therapist may unwittingly teach compassionate gestures and language that their client can use to more effectively manipulate people.” –Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) Its Causes, Cures, Costs and Controversies, By Jayne A. Major, Ph.D: http://www.divorcemag.com/articles/parenting_and_step-families/Parental_Alienation_Syndrome.html


“Putting the alienating parent on parole is feasible as is ordering community service. The parent on parole is assigned to a parole officer who can report to the court failure to comply with ordered visitation. Courts have the power to confine to house arrest and even incarcerate a parent who is in contempt. As a preliminary, the court can order alienating parents to take an escorted tour of the local jail. Familiarization with what lies ahead may help PAS-inducing parents reconsider their positions. A few days in a local jail would generally suffice to help such a parent cease and desist from the PAS-inducing programming.” March 2000 Addendum, Richard A. Gardner, M.D. Parental Alienation Syndrome 2nd Edition, Creative Therapeutics, Inc., Cresskill, N.J. 07626): http://www.fact.on.ca/Info/pas/gard00b.htm


Judge Nakahara learned about Gardner’s concept of PAS from the testimony of the court appointed reunification therapist…He observed that the alienating parent in more severe PAS usually had significant psychological problems.  False allegations of abuse were also more likely to be part of the equation. 

He cautions family law judges to be aware that in addition to the child, professionals upon whom the court relies may also be ” brainwashed ” by the alienating parent.  This includes attorneys, family court services and private counselors.  The opinions of various professionals who become involved should not be accepted as authoritative simply because individuals designated as professionals are making them…

According to Judge Nakahara, holding parents accountable builds success.  Relieving a parent of sanctions builds failure and increases the likelihood that unacceptable behavior will recur

When lesser sanctions failed to produce results, Judge Nakahara did not hesitate to order that a noncompliant parent be taken into custody…Experience taught Judge Nakahara that five days in jail is the optimum period of time to make a significant impression on a parent who persists in violating and resisting court orders.” Parental Alienation Syndrome by Deirdre Conway Rand, Ph.D., Forensic Psychologist: http://www.robin.no/~dadwatch/pasdir/rand05.html