Generational trauma is a traumatic event that began decades prior to the current generation and has impacted the way that individuals understand, cope with, and heal from trauma.
Many of the times when trauma is thought to have echoed down the generations via epigenetics in humans and are linked to the darkest moments in history. Wars, famines, abuse, neglect, and so on are all thought to have left an epigenetic mark on the descendants of those who suffered them.
The consequences of passing down the effects of trauma are huge, even if they are subtly altered between generations. It would change the way we view how our lives in the context of our parents’ experience, influencing our physiology and even our mental health.
And knowing that the consequences of our own actions and experiences now could affect the lives of our children – even long before they might be conceived – could put a very different spin on how we choose to live.
Simply put when we know better, we do better.