Betty Jean Lifton, Journey of the Adopted Self

"...While most adoptees have no choice but to adjust to the condition of being cut off from their heritage, there are some who cannot control the inchoate rage caused by their feelings of rejection by the birth parents and the sense of powerlessness over their fate... in the case of adoptee murders, the catastrophic conflict arises out of the child's dissociated response to the trauma of separation from the mother and the secrecy about his origins."

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