WHAT IS ‘Transgenerational Trauma’

Transgenerational trauma  is the transmission of trauma through social-environmental factors from one generation to the next. Simply put: just being around a stressed-out person will likely stress you out too. Growing up in an environment where a parent is chronically anxious, depressed, explosive, fearful etc. will often create an atmosphere of dysregulation. A child will learn to cope in that type of environment. Once they take these coping skills into new environments such as work and relationships, they might notice some struggles. For a thorough introduction, please start with the article ‘Transgenerational Trauma in the Indo Community‘, by Jamie Stern of The Indo Project.

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