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MikeH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-21-05 04:41 PM
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43. Some amateur psychology
Looking at this, I would like to venture some speculation about what might be going on with Chris Wallace and his father. I am no psychologist myself, so you can take this for what it is worth.

I am writing this as one who had a very difficult father, and who has been in therapy dealing with issues having to do with my father. I am also familiar with the works of psychotherapists Alice Miller and Susan Forward, whose writings have been helpful to me. Alice Miller has written a number of books about the profound influence of a persons childhood and childhood mistreatment on the rest of a persons life. Susan Forward has written a number of books, including one called Toxic Parents, in which she includes practical suggestions for confronting toxic parents.

Links to Alice Miller's web sites: /

Links to Susan Forward's web site: /

I do not know for sure, but I strongly suspect that Mike Wallace might have been a very difficult father. I would not be at all surprised if he was; I would be surprised if he was not.

Assuming that Mike Wallace was a difficult father, I am speculating that Chris Wallace internalized his father from the time he was little, and never questioned his upbringing. He has, I would guess, always carried his difficult childhood father in his head.

Having grown up, Chris Wallace now has a surrogate father in the person of Fox News and the right wing, which now takes the place of his childhood father. And he now judges others, including his own real father, according to the values and dictates of his surrogate father.

What would be essential for Chris Wallace (or anybody who has had a difficult parent or parents) would be a real awareness of what his father did when he was a child, and, if appropriate, a real confrontation with his father. (An actual confrontation might not be appropriate in all cases, and of course is not possible when a parent is dead.)

Unfortunately unfortunately especially for Chris Wallace attacking his father for his fathers political beliefs that go against those of Fox News, i.e. Chris surrogate father, is not in any way a genuine confrontation with his real father, or with the father of his childhood.

Again, take this for what it is worth. Just my own opinion.
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  -Faux's Chris Wallace says his father-"lost it" needs"a competence hearing" Pirate Smile  Dec-11-05 10:10 PM   #0 
  - Ahhh Chris...America is Fucked UP!  xultar   Dec-11-05 10:17 PM   #1 
  - The son isn't fit to shine  senseandsensibility   Dec-11-05 10:18 PM   #2 
  - Never been a Mike Wallace fan, but I agree with you nonetheless  RazzleDazzle   Dec-21-05 06:57 PM   #48 
  - So the fact that the old man isn't part of the Faux News/GOP Borg means  ocelot   Dec-11-05 10:20 PM   #3 
  - Try a hundredth!  MadisonProgressive   Dec-11-05 11:05 PM   #15 
  - Mike complimented son's boss in interview  medeak   Dec-11-05 10:20 PM   #4 
  - Nice family values there Chris.  missouri dem 2   Dec-11-05 10:22 PM   #5 
  - it is indeed sickening  Skittles   Dec-12-05 05:13 AM   #23 
  - Yay for family values.  deadparrot   Dec-11-05 10:23 PM   #6 
  - Who is Chris Wallace?  larissa   Dec-11-05 10:26 PM   #7 
  - He's one of the Pox News wingnut talking heads.  ocelot   Dec-11-05 10:30 PM   #9 
     - I imagine Mike Wallace is pretty ashamed of his son  depakid   Dec-12-05 09:15 AM   #30 
  - What Chris Wallace needs to hear from his Dad  GrpCaptMandrake   Dec-11-05 10:27 PM   #8 
  - Wallace must see a kindred spirit in Bush.  Fenris   Dec-11-05 10:35 PM   #10 
  - I believe it's Chris who's lost it; that's a prerequsite to work for FOX  MODemocrat   Dec-11-05 10:40 PM   #11 
  - Here's a shot of the bozo:  PassingFair   Dec-11-05 10:43 PM   #12 
  - So, are things now getting to the point  Crunchy Frog   Dec-11-05 10:52 PM   #13 
  - He's a tough old bird, sharp as a tack  MADem   Dec-11-05 10:56 PM   #14 
  - He did fine on the Diane Rehm show recently.  spooky3   Dec-21-05 05:06 PM   #46 
  - It does appear we are just about to that stage  MadisonProgressive   Dec-11-05 11:09 PM   #16 
  - How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child...  mitchum   Dec-11-05 11:22 PM   #17 
  - What an ungrateful, bush boot-licking bastard!  cat_girl25   Dec-11-05 11:33 PM   #18 
  - I think Mike ought to demand a paternity test. maybe there was a mixup  niyad   Dec-12-05 01:46 AM   #19 
  - So, ...he's putting the old man in an insane asylym because daddy has...  NightOwwl   Dec-12-05 03:40 AM   #20 
  - Mike Wallace wouldn't even be on FAUX News  DoYouEverWonder   Dec-12-05 04:15 AM   #21 
  - this kind of shit  Bluesplayer   Dec-12-05 04:23 AM   #22 
  - Chris Wallace  area51   Dec-12-05 06:32 AM   #24 
  - I'll admit that when Mike was being interviewed lately - he was suddenly  applegrove   Dec-12-05 08:56 AM   #25 
  - Actually,  BluGrl   Dec-12-05 09:01 AM   #26 
  - I found it...  BluGrl   Dec-12-05 09:10 AM   #28 
     - Depression has nothing to do with dementia, which is  spooky3   Dec-21-05 04:59 PM   #44 
  - Chris Wallace sounds like a guy doing a parody of Chris Wallace  Neil Lisst   Dec-12-05 09:09 AM   #27 
  - The day I see Halliburton and the Carlyle Group  0007   Dec-12-05 09:11 AM   #29 
  - I have little respect for airing family arguments on national media  zanne   Dec-12-05 09:27 AM   #31 
  - Chris Wallace works for Saudstralian FOX News, and says  tsuki   Dec-12-05 10:54 AM   #32 
  - What does "-up" mean? I agree with all you guys, but..  Demoiselle   Dec-12-05 11:11 AM   #33 
  - I assume...  grasswire   Dec-12-05 11:42 AM   #34 
     - Correct. They left out the --- --- --- n/t  Kingshakabobo   Dec-21-05 05:03 PM   #45 
  - Liberal media pot smoker  underpants   Dec-12-05 11:45 AM   #35 
  - Propagandists for the corporate cabal should be punished.  tabasco   Dec-12-05 11:56 AM   #36 
  - Chris is the one who needs a competency hearing  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-12-05 12:14 PM   #37 
  - Jeez...  aPOSITIVEwin   Dec-12-05 08:37 PM   #38 
  - What a twerp! I am sure he believes that he broke into the  chieftain   Dec-12-05 08:39 PM   #39 
  - "To my fucked up son, NADA, nothing, diddly squat."  Neshanic   Dec-12-05 09:54 PM   #40 
  - He's just like GWB -- only has a job because of his father  October   Dec-12-05 09:56 PM   #41 
  - Shame on Chris Wallace. My dad is 84 and is  laugle   Dec-12-05 10:02 PM   #42 
  - Some amateur psychology  MikeH   Dec-21-05 04:41 PM   #43 
  - If Chris Wallace were only half the journalist, no, half the man of his  ncteechur   Dec-21-05 06:30 PM   #47 
  - Honor thy mother; father.  d_b   Dec-22-05 05:36 AM   #49 
  - Shades of the Civil War  Boredtodeath   Dec-22-05 06:00 AM   #50 
  - The same thing could be said about your...  FlyByNight   Dec-22-05 07:04 AM   #51 

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