Guidelines for an emotionally healthy divorce

David Palmiter, PhD, ABPP Psychologist and Author, shares advice for parents getting a divorce on how to make it as emotionally healthy as possible
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Guidelines for an emotionally healthy divorce

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In divorce situation the first thing that I have to acknowledge is the depth of my wound. You’re someone I’ve opened up to myself heart, soul and body as much as a human can and they rejected that, that’s a deep wound. On top of that, it can be financial debt problems, infidelity, addiction, all kinds of things, and so it’s very easy for me to think that that wound I can maintain it and still be as effective for my kid. I can’t maintain loathing for an ex and love for my kid, when two bound together; one is going to affect the other. So the top tip I would have for divorce folks is to promote self healing as much as possible and I tell you if the biathlon is the toughest thing for an athlete, forgiveness is the toughest thing for a human, it’s the toughest psychological task, unilateral forgiveness, if I can do that as a human, I’m at the top of the mountain.

David Palmiter, PhD, ABPP Psychologist and Author, shares advice for parents getting a divorce on how to make it as emotionally healthy as possible

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David Palmiter, PhD, ABPP

Psychologist & Author

Dr. David Palmiter is a professor of Psychology and Counseling at Marywood University, the President of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (2012-2013), a practicing and board-certified clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience, a Public Education Coordinator for the American Psychological Association, author of an award winning parenting book (times three), dad (of 3.0 children; 3.5 if you count the neurotic dog) and husband (of over 22 years to Dr. Lia Richards-Palmiter, who says she has 4.0 children as she counts David). Dr. Palmiter has over three dozen professional publications to his credit, has given over 200 continuing education workshops around the country and has completed over 300 public education projects, including for outlets such as the LA Times, US News and World Report, USA Today, Wall St. Journal and O Magazine. A central aspect of his professional mission is to put air under the wings of parents as they try to raise happy and self-actualized children. 

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