It Didn't Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle

It Didn't Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle

by Mark Wolynn

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Overview

A groundbreaking approach to transforming traumatic legacies passed down in families over generations, by an acclaimed expert in the field
 
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101980361
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 236,322
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mark Wolynn is a leading expert on inherited family trauma. He is the winner of the 2016 Silver Nautilus Award in Psychology. As the director of The Family Constellation Institute in San Francisco, he has trained thousands of clinicians and treated thousands more patients struggling with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive thoughts, self-injury, chronic pain, and illness. A sought-after lecturer, he leads workshops at hospitals, clinics, conferences, and teaching centers around the world. He has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, the Western Psychiatric Institute, Kripalu, The Omega Institute, The New York Open Center, and The California Institute of Integral Studies. His articles have appeared in Psychology TodayMind Body Green, MariaShriver.comElephant Journal and Psych Central, and his poetry has been published in The New Yorker. www.markwolynn.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Secret Language of Fear 1

Part I The Web of Family Trauma

Chapter 1 Traumas Lost and Found 15

Chapter 2 Three Generations of Shared Family History: The Family Body 25

Chapter 3 The Family Mind 40

Chapter 4 The Core Language Approach 53

Chapter 5 The Four Unconscious Themes 60

Part II The Core Language Map

Chapter 6 The Core Complaint 87

Chapter 7 Core Descriptors 107

Chapter 8 The Core Sentence 110

Chapter 9 The Core Trauma 130

Part III Pathways to Reconnection

Chapter 10 From Insight to Integration 145

Chapter 11 The Core Language of Separation 164

Chapter 12 The Core Language of Relationships 179

Chapter 13 The Core Language of Success 200

Chapter 14 Core Language Medicine 216

Acknowledgments 221

Glossary 223

Appendix A List of Family History Questions 225

Appendix B List of Early Trauma Questions 227

Notes 229

Index 237

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