Join Erva Baden in exploring epigenetics, or how the effects of trauma get passed down through the generations.
When one is confronted with a traumatic experience, the brain says “whoa, trauma!” It immediately lets us know that we have a decision to make: fight, flight, freeze or acquiesce. That message comes from the amygdala/primal brain kicking in immediately. Then, immediately after the trauma, the cognitive brain kicks in, makes meaning and looks for a remedy – “what do I have to do to avoid this feeling or experience in the future? I will always do this and/or I will never do that.”
The proclivity to rely on those responses and the decisions that the cognitive brain makes get stored for future reference. Additionally, across the generations, the learning of certain responses also gets passed on.
Understanding these histories, and our own inherited patterns can open new doors to understanding, healing, and justice.
Trauma and the Soul by Donald Kalsched
Healing Trauma by Peter Levine
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem