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The Adversity Advantage

Nov 11, 2021

Mark Wolynn joins me on the show today. Mark is the director of the Family Constellation Institute in San Francisco and is a leading expert in the field of inherited family trauma. His book It Didn't Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle was the winner of the 2016 Silver Nautilus Book Award in psychology and has been translated into 22 languages. His articles have appeared in Psychology Today, Mind Body Green,, and others


Some things Mark and I discuss:

  • How the cycle of generational trauma actually works (and an in depth look at how it’s different from other forms of trauma)
  • Examples of how inherited trauma can impact your adult attachment style(s) and relationships 
  • Signs and symptoms that you may have generational trauma and common triggers that you might experience
  • Tools to heal and break the cycle of inherited trauma and how to know if present-day anxiety/stress is caused by current life events versus generational trauma
  • Practical steps to improve the relationship with your parents (& how to deal with parents that are problematic/have passed away) AND 3 ways unhealed parent relationships will impact your adult relationships
  • Why you should pay attention to how much time you are looking at the past 
  • And much more...

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