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Transgenerational / Inherited Family Trauma

Updated: Jul 4, 2022

When we’re born, we inherit not only biological genes from our family but also belief

systems and behavioural patterns. That being said, trauma can also be passed on from

one generation to another. Once the first generation of survivors experiences a trauma,

they can pass their fears, grief, anxiety, etc. on to their children and future generations

via, what’s known as, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Passing on unresolved traumatic fears and anxieties to future generations can limit the

capacity for happiness, freedom of choice, success in accomplishing goals, ability to

maintain healthy relationships and strong well-being.

What kind of traumas can we inherit?

The possibilities are endless and can affect individuals in different ways. Some of these

traumas can be triggered by age, a certain life situation, moving from one place/country

to another, etc.

Some examples include:

● Fertility issues preventing you from becoming pregnant

● You encounter multiple obstacles when starting a new business

● You earn a decent living, but cannot manage your finances

● You wish to settle down and start a family, but you always seem to choose

partners that are unavailable (i.e. married, unable to commit, etc.)

● You suddenly feel depressed, and as though your life has no meaning

● You’re experiencing body pain, but cannot find the root of the problem

● You suddenly find yourself feeling anxious in situations you once handled


● After moving to another country, you