Christina Papadopoulos Molyneux is Stefan Molyneux’s wife and the mother of his child. She has been a professional therapist for over 20 years and owns the Meadowvale PsychoTherapy clinic in Mississauga, Ontario.
Christina and Stefan Molyneux met each other through their volleyball team. The team had planned to go out for drinks one night, but canceled at the last minute. Stefan asked Christina to go out for drinks, privately. Stefan talked about his book “Revolutions” that he was working on getting published. Christina found him to be a very interesting man. The next day at work, she told her co-worker all about the night and emailed Stefan telling him she would love to go out again.
Christina had dated many, as she describes, “players”. She has mentioned one such partner who couldn’t even pronounce the word “psychology”. Nearly 40 years old, it was urgent that Christina settle down and have kids, before it was too late. She made it clear to Stefan that she wasn’t looking for a player and having children was a top priority. Stefan respected this honesty, and they were married within a year.
Luckily, Stefan and Christina were able to have one daughter, Isabella Molyneux. They would have liked to have more children, but Christina has already hit menopause.
Stefan has said that without Christina, Freedomain Radio would not exist. Her contributions have been the distinguishing factor between FDR and the rest of the liberty movement.
When the two first met, Christina was not an anarchist, atheist, nor had she done a DeFOO. Stefan has been accused of pressuring her into DeFOOing. Others have wondered why Stefan even gave Christina a chance, given that she believed in a “higher power”. In a conference call entitled “The Women’s Council”, Christina answers this question:
Given that I had counseled people to leave their families, I wasn’t opposed to the idea. So when it came time for me to explore my relationship with my family and really look at it in a way I hadn’t before, I was already open to the idea. Again, not that everybody needs to DeFOO. But, it wasn’t a foreign concept to me, it wasn’t something that I had to learn to accept or work through to understand. Because there is a lot of opposition to the DeFOO. But it was something that you know, I advocated. People that come from abusive families; don’t stay with your family. So we weren’t too far apart on that, except that Stef had actually gone and done it. And I hadn’t really looked at my family close enough to make that decision.Christina Papadopoulos
In the ‘Ask A Therapist’ podcast series, Freedomain Radio listeners could send their questions in for Christina’s psychological guidance. Initially, Christina put up a lot of resistance to participating in podcasts. She didn’t like offering advice over the internet and expressed concerns about getting into legal problems with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, the board that licenses her clinic. Underestimating the anger that would surround these podcasts, Stefan assured her that it wouldn’t be a problem.
After a series of complaints from angry parents, Christina’s licensing board began an investigation. They found her guilty of professional misconduct. This was extremely stressful for Stefan considering he would have been responsible for ruining his wife’s career. Arguments commenced with members of the Inner Circle for not offering him enough support throughout this tribulation. Luckily Christina was only reprimanded and her practice continues today.
Two years after marrying Stefan, Christina made the difficult decision to DeFOO. Her parents have continuously harassed she and Stefan for years. Here is an example of one of their emotionally manipulative emails attempting to lure Christina back to them:
“Dear Christina and Stefan, Hello.
Just to let you know, on October the 8th we are going to Greece. Christina it has been almost two years time since we last saw you and you said “a few months”. We have respected your wish and we have not bothered you other than a couple of ‘just to let you know’ notices. Ma is very depressed and cries everyday, very seldom smiles. We really really wish and hope to see you and Stefan, or at least talk to you on the phone before we go, and if we have said or done anything unintentionally that hurt or offended you, please forgive us as we don’t hold anything against you. The only thing that we have for you is love and only love. Love that comes from the heart. So please, if you can find “it” in your heart, call us. We only want to know how you are, and with that we wish you and Stefan health, love, happiness, and prosperity and all your dreams and wishes to come true.
With love, Ma and Ba”
“Dear Ma and Ba.
I received your letter this week. I was afraid to open it. I feared so many things. It pained me to read it. I realize that it is nearing two years since we last saw each other. I am amazed by that. I think of you everday. I wonder how you are, I wonder what you’re thinking, and I wonder what you’re saying to yourselves about my absence. I am not unfeeling or uncaring as you might perseve me to be. It has never been my intention to hurt you or punish you, it is only because I have been hurt and mistreated that I felt it necessary to distance myself from you. Having read your letter I was painfully disapointed to see that you have not realized this. Two years have passed and you still don’t understand why I have left you. I don’t know that you have even made any effort to find out by trying to understand your own actions toward me. I believe this because of the contents in your letter, you blame me for Ma’s depression and then you insult me by suggesting that I have no feelings. You try to use guilt to make me act. Ma did this earlier this year when she called to insist that I attend at your surgery. The only message I received from your correspondence is how badly I’ve hurt you. There is never any credible admission of responsibility on your part, or any genuine curiosity about why this has all happened. What I’ve realized in the past two years and in the year leading up to our last conversation is just how manipulative and self centered you are. You claim that you would do anything for your children, but nothing is for your children. Your needs, your desires, your self image. Sadly, I don’t believe you will ever understand this about yourselves. I can’t and I won’t subject myself to your narcissism and will not allow myself to be susceptible to your guilt. Since this is how you operate, we have no relationship. Leave me alone. Each time you try to contact me you only make it worse for yourselves, because it is more obvious to me how you operate and what your end goals are. You draw less sympathy from me each time. “
- 300 – Guest Host Christina guest hosts the show.
- 341 – Conflict Resolution Part 3 – Christina and Stef talk about their rules for resolving conflicts. They discuss what Stefan has termed “zinging”. They refer to a conflict around the location of the house. They had originally bought the home in Mississauga because it was close to Christina’s parents home. After her DeFOO, the location no longer made sense. Stef suggested that they move to Richmond and she immediately dismissed the idea.
- 400 – Christina and the Priest Christina and Stefan do a role play with Stef as the priest.
- 408 – Forgiveness and Responsibility Christina and Stefan explore the limits of personal responsibility.
- 441 – The Abuse Myth Christina examines criticisms of Stef’s temper.
- 451 – Christina’s DeFOO Letter Part 1 Christina reads her DeFOO letter.
- 452 – Christina’s DeFOO Letter Part 2 Christina read her DeFOO letter.
- 453 – Christina Call In Show Christina hosts the Freedomain Radio Call In Show.
- 504 – A Good Wife The search for perfection / Is all very well / But to look for heaven / Is to live here in hell
- 513 – Stef The Interrupter Straining to let Christina get a word in edgewise!
- 516 – Christina’s Dream The test involved when aggression escalates…
- 600 – Full Disclosure Mom And Dad Straight talk from the top
- 724 – Christina’s Resistance Stef and Christina discuss Christina’s resistance to participating in FDR. She talks about her fear of losing her license to practice psychotherapy. She doesn’t want to change just world, she just wants the “beer commercial” life style.
- 751 – Board Attacks Part 1 Christina and Stefan analyze a recent (and very unusual) eruption of anger on the FDR Boards…
- 993 – Sunday Show 2/24/2008 Changing others without lecturing, Christina on group therapy, and Stef role-play with a listener’s inner critic…
- 1052 – Parent Child Chat A listener brings his mom over to casa de Molyneux…
- 1134 – Sunday Show 08/24/2008 The return of Christina, questions about therapy, why the surge is worling, and a fear of finances
- 1138 – Sunday Show 08/31/2008 Christina takes questions on solitude and how to overcome it…
- 1144 – September 7 2008 Christina takes to the airwaves once more, to discuss a variety of psychological topics — including physical self-care and the benefits of meditation…
- 1150 – Sunday Show Sep 14 2008 A variety of brilliant questions from brilliant listeners! – Christina is on the mic.
- 1160 – The Womyn’s Council Christina and a plenary council of female listeners answer various questions.
- 1179 – Sunday Show Oct 19 2008 Christina and Stef interview a variety of parents, in anticipation of our own impending status…