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Jackson Family Drama Shows History Of 'Distrust, Dysfunction & Secret-Keeping' Says Psychologist

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Jul. 27 2012, Published 1:30 p.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

The video statement made by Katherine Jackson on Wednesday night was aimed to clear up any confusion about her mysterious disappearance this week, however, the staged footage has left more questions than answers, and can exclusively reveal that some think it is evidence of darker, deep-rooted issues.

"The Jackson family fiasco surrounding Katherine's alleged disappearance reflects a family that has a long history of distrust, dysfunction and secret-keeping," Los Angeles-based psychologist Dr. Seth Meyers, who has not treated the stars told in an exclusive interview.

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As previously reported, Michael Jackson's 82-year-old mother was originally reported missing to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department last weekend after her grandchildren, Paris, Prince, and Blanket were unable to reach her.

In her statement to ABC, a frail and seemingly disoriented Katherine told the camera, "I am devastated that while I've been away, my grandchildren have been taken away from me, and I'm coming home," she pledged.

"I watched the video but don't think Katherine's presentation looks clinically significant. The statement was made in a very contrived manner, likely directed by a publicist," Dr. Meyers went on to explain.

Meanwhile, many are now asking if the well-being and happiness of Michael's beloved children is at the fore-front of the family's concerns, despite Randy Jackson's on-air claims that the recent drama "is not about the money."

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"My concern for Michael's children grew more serious after witnessing the videotaped altercation with Paris and Janet, in which Paris probably felt threatened and anxious as a result of her relatives' aggressive behavior (attempting to take Paris' phone and videotape the interaction.) Paris and her siblings are young children who have lost a father and don't have an involved mother," said Dr. Meyers.

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"The relatives need to understand that caring for the children needs to be conducted in a more sensitive manner. The tapestry of recent bizarre events suggests that someone in Katherine's circle knows something serious is going on, a secret the public has no idea of," he told

"Most telling of what is going on behind closed doors is Paris' recent behavior, which indicates there is a major divide within the extended family about who should care for the kids," the psychologist explained, and the 14-year-old's reaction to her grandmother leaving for a 'vacation' suggests that "this family is keeping a serious and destructive secret."

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While Paris and brother, Prince, panicked over their missing grandmother, exclusively learned that Katherine had spent the past nine days relaxing at the exclusive Miraval Resort and Spa in Tuscon, Arizona, where she stayed in a private villa and had a concierge booking pampering treatments for her.


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