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Generational trauma can occur when the unresolved trauma of a family member affects others, or when genetic predispositions to mental health or other issues are passed from generation to generation. Generational trauma is likely to continue throughout a family unless individuals make the conscious choice to address the root cause of their own trauma and actively work to resolve it, or learn to deal with genetic issues in a healthy manner.
This week we are honored to welcome Alexis Black back to the show to discuss the role generational trauma has played in her own family and life. Ms. Black is a third-generation victim of generational trauma. Her family has suffered several deaths by suicide, severe mental illness, violence, and substance abuse. Rather than succumb to the cycle of trauma, Ms. Black has chosen to break that cycle and learn to heal.
Ms. Black has researched her family history of trauma in order to better understand what she is predisposed to and learn how to balance forgiveness, including self-forgiveness, with accountability. “It’s our duty to make sure that we are on our own healing journey because no one is going to heal for us,” she shares.
Dr. Lisa MacLean also joins us to explain how abuse and trauma can go unrecognized – even by the victims, themselves – when it is all they have ever known. She gives valuable advice on how to see and address trauma in your own life.
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