In December, we talked about the book you wrote with Dr. Abigail Brenner, Replacement Children: The Unconscious Script. Since then you’ve received an IPPY. Tell us about the award and what you’ve won.
We are very proud of our recent IPPY, from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (http://tinyurl.com/dxtfej), presented to us in the category of Psychology/Mental Health.
Our book Replacement Children: The Unconscious Script, with a heartfelt foreword by Katie Couric, is the first of its kind to explain this widespread phenomenon. The term, Replacement Child, refers to an actual emotional/ psychological syndrome but was never meant to suggest that anyone is ever replaceable.
For those who didn’t see the 12/11/15 post (view at http://tinyurl.com/jszp2pu)—and even for those who did--tell us who Replacement Children are—and how you’ve came to write about them.
A Replacement Child could easily be you, a family member, or someone you know. It is a term that describes the widespread yet profoundly misunderstood experience of individuals who are, often unconsciously, allocated to fill a void left in the family by a dead or incapacitated sibling. There is a wide range of circumstances that can set the stage for a subsequent child, or an older child, to become caught up in this powerful family dynamic. Besides a death, a child in the family may be living in the shadow of another who has suffered, or is suffering, from long-term illness, accident, or emotional loss—he or she may be a “replacement” for a lost pregnancy. Children born or adopted after a loss of another sibling, however, are not automatically replacement children and should not be described as such.