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Jul 23, 2020

Why You Should Listen:

In this episode, you will learn about inherited family trauma and strategies for addressing the impact of trauma on our health.

About My Guest:

My guest for this episode is Mark Wolynn. Mark Wolynn is a leading expert on inherited family trauma. As the director of The Family Constellation Institute in San Francisco, he trains clinicians and treats people struggling with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive thoughts, self-injury, chronic pain, and persistent symptoms and conditions. As a sought-after lecturer, he teaches at hospitals, clinics, conferences, universities and teaching centers around the world, including the University of Pittsburgh, the Western Psychiatric Institute, Kripalu, The Omega Institute, The New York Open Center, 1440 Multiversity, JFK University, and The California Institute of Integral Studies. His articles have appeared in Psychology Today, Mind Body Green,, Elephant Journal, and Psych Central, and his poetry has been published in The New Yorker. His book “IT DIDN’T START WITH YOU: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle” (Viking/Penguin) was the winner of the 2016 Nautilus Book Award in psychology.

Key Takeaways:

  • What is inherited family trauma?
  • Is inherited family trauma scientifically provable?
  • What are the signs that might suggest inherited trauma may be a factor in a chronic illness?
  • Do inherited traumas act as epigenetic influencers of gene expression?
  • How many generations back can a trauma be inherited?
  • What is a Family Constellation?
  • Does addressing an inherited trauma involve neuroplasticity?
  • Is there overlap between the tools used for addressing trauma and the tools used to address the limbic system?
  • What is the Core Language Approach?
  • Can events like war or the Holocaust create societal trauma?
  • How can the cycle of inherited family trauma be broken?
  • What tools can be used to heal the trauma and move past it?

Connect With My Guest:

Interview Date:

July 22, 2020


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The content of this show is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or medical condition. Nothing in today's discussion is meant to serve as medical advice or as information to facilitate self-treatment. As always, please discuss any potential health-related decisions with your own personal medical authority.