I’ve spoken a lot on healing from trauma and this episode helps to bring awareness about the generational impacts of individual trauma and how it can play a role in our life. I’m here with Mark Wolynn and I recently discovered his book called “It Didn’t Start with You.” And when I read it, I knew immediately that I had to share him with you. He is considered the world’s leading expert in the field of inherited family trauma.
As a parent, I think his work is incredibly important both on the attachment side for recognizing and healing patterns we know of in our children, and also, on the inherited generational trauma side, which was new to me.
This episode goes deep on a lot of these topics. We talk about what inherited family trauma is and how it might be affecting your life without you even knowing it, the way that trauma is physically passed on through generations in the form of epigenetic changes to our DNA, how mothers’ emotions are chemically communicated to an unborn child, and why some people experience inherited traumas while others do not.
He also shares what research is showing about reversing trauma symptoms and how it’s possible at any age, and strategies for helping our children experience and work through trauma-related symptoms in their own lives. Mark is a wealth of knowledge and he is an amazing resource to start the healing process and how to identify if you are experiencing past generational trauma.
Let’s join Mark!
Episode Highlights With Mark Wolynn
- What inherited family trauma is and how it might be affecting your life without you knowing it
- The way trauma is physically passed on through generations
- How early separation can create attachment trauma
- The reason science shows that parents can pass on trauma through sperm and egg DNA
- How mothers emotions are chemically communicated to an unborn child and how this can alter biochemical expression
- Why some people experience inherited trauma when others might not
- One factor that makes inherited trauma more likely (not talking about it)
- How to tell the difference between inherited trauma and attachment trauma
- Core language phrases that shed light on roots of trauma
- How to be proactive about helping our children avoid and heal from these types of trauma
- The profound way pre-birth experiences can affect our emotions as adults
- What research shows about reversing trauma symptoms and how this is changing trauma therapy
- Strategies for helping our children experience and work through trauma related symptoms
- Physiological changes that happen with trauma and how researchers are reversing them
- How doing trauma work can reverse the biological changes and keep it from being passed on
- The role of positive experiences in changing the brain and reversing trauma
- How DNA changes as the result of trauma and as a result of healing
- The importance of learning to be with what is uncomfortable in our bodies to reach the emotions beneath them
Resources We Mention
- Mark Wolynn
- Mark Wolynn – Facebook
- It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle
- Old Yeller
- Rilke Poems
- Family Trauma Online Training
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