This is a new topic that I am becoming more aware of in my practice. We all know that you can be changed after a traumatic experience. The following article and podcast describe what scientists now are learning about how that trauma impacts us on a near genetic level and those predispositions can be passed down to our children. This implies that if your parents went through a lot of trauma you could be predisposed to have less resilience towards certain adversities. Similarly, if you as a child are exposed to multiple traumas you can be more likely to struggle with certain mental and physical issues as an adult as a result of the trauma you experienced as a child.
By: Donna Jackson Nakazawa
The Last Best Cure
7 Ways Childhood Adversity Changes Your Brain
On Being: Rachel Yehuda — How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generation