WHAT IS ‘Transgenerational Trauma’

Transgenerational trauma  is the generally subconscious transmission of traumatic experiences through social-environmental and epigenetic factors to subsequent generations and to society. People in the next generation find themselves showing the symptoms of trauma without having experienced the trauma themselves. 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, we recommend you to start with the in-depth article ‘Transgenerational Trauma in the Indo Community‘, by Jamie Stern of The Indo Project.

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