Falling Families, Fallen Children

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Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D. holds his doctorate in clinical psychology and is licensed as a psychologist (PSY 13274) in the state of California. He completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology. Previous to his doctoral degree he earned an M.A. in religious studies, an M.S.E. in counseling, and an M.S. in clinical psychology. During the course of his clinical education he received training in Lacanian psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, hypnosis, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. His clinical experience encompasses crisis intervention; treatment for childhood emotional, physical, and sexual abuse; trauma and PTSD evaluation and treatment; and treatment of psychotic, mood, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Richmond has written and maintains two public-service websites about the practice of clinical psychology; the websites have no user fees or advertising.

Falling Families, Fallen Children

The Psychological and Spiritual Remedy for a Modern Catholic Dilemma

Authored by Raymond Lloyd Richmond Ph.D.

We see ourselves as devout Catholics, but what do our children see?

Do they see a mother and a father both living in contemplative love for God with constant awareness of His presence and engaged in an all-out battle with the evil of the world?

More often than not our children don’t see living faith. They don’t see protection from evil. They don’t see genuine, fruitful devotion. They don’t see genuine love for God.

Instead, they see our external acts of devotion as meaningless because they see all the other things we do that contradict the true faith.

Thus we lose credibility—and when parents lose credibility, children become cynical and angry and turn to the social world around them for identity and acceptance. They are children who have more concern for social approval than for loving God.

They are fallen children. Let’s bring them back.



Part One: The Psychological Background
Background | Family Systems | Marriage | Divorce | The Role of a Father | Anger | Domestic Violence | Child Abuse | Denial and Lies | Lust and Violence | Guilt | Disobedience | A Lesson from Dog Training | Physical Affection | Educating Children | Discipline: An Overview | Punishment | Growth | Shaping Positive Behavior | How to Say “No” to a Child | The Loss of Innocence | Helping Children Heal

Part Two: Questions and Answers
When Children Fall | Helping a Son | Cultural Subversion | Too Busy? | Parental Love for a Child | Breaking a Cycle of Hate | Botched | Anger at Parents | Honoring Your Parents | Unconscious Anger | Scruples | Heart Attack | Paralyzed in a Dysfunctional Family | Procrastination | Modesty | Discovering Masturbation | Revenge Factor | Angry Trad | Blind to Your Own Anger | Sending Yourself to Hell | Keeping the Peace | Angry Baptist | Lust and Marriage | Old Love | The Yearning for Union | Why Marriage? | Desperate for a Child | Career or Family? | A Nightmare Marriage | Tattoos | Danger to Society?

Appendix I: Catholic Compassion
Compassion | Chastity | Responsibility | Serving the Self | Disobeying God | Identity | To Die in All Things | The Proof

Appendix II: Gratitude



Publication Date:
150071092X / 9781500710927
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / Christian Life / Family

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