It Didn't Start With You

It Didn't Start With You

How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle

Book - 2016
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Depression. Anxiety. Chronic Pain. Phobias. Obsessive thoughts. The evidence is compelling- the roots of these difficulties may not reside in our immediate life experience or in chemical imbalances in our brains-but in the lives of our parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. The latest scientific research, now making headlines, supports what many have long intuited-that traumatic experience can be passed down through generations. It Didn't Start with You builds on the work of leading experts in post-traumatic stress, including Mount Sinai School of Medicine neuroscientist Rachel Yehuda and psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score . Even if the person who suffered the original trauma has died, or the story has been forgotten or silenced, memory and feelings can live on. These emotional legacies are often hidden, encoded in everything from gene expression to everyday language, and they play a far greater role in our emotional and physical health than has ever before been understood. As a pioneer in the field of inherited family trauma, Mark Wolynn has worked with individuals and groups on a therapeutic level for over twenty years. It Didn't Start with You offers a pragmatic and prescriptive guide to his method, the Core Language Approach. Diagnostic self-inventories provide a way to uncover the fears and anxieties conveyed through everyday words, behaviors, and physical symptoms. Techniques for developing a genogram or extended family tree create a map of experiences going back through the generations. And visualization, active imagination, and direct dialogue create pathways to reconnection, integration, and reclaiming life and health. It Didn't Start With You is a transformative approach to resolving longstanding difficulties that in many cases, traditional therapy, drugs, or other interventions have not had the capacity to touch. Praise for It Didn't Start with You
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2016].
ISBN: 9781101980361
Branch Call Number: 155.924 WOL
Characteristics: viii, 240 p. ; 24 cm.

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mikorose
Jul 16, 2018

This is an outstanding book, both for therapists/practitioners as well as those looking for self-help to heal from trauma. One of the best I have read on this topic, well referenced/sound scientific basis and well written narratives throughout. Highly recommend.

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thebritlass
Nov 27, 2016

A good read, gets you thinking about familial patterns that are repeated generationally, and personal "stories" that need to be ended.

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