Lives of the Unconscious

Lives of the Unconscious

Podcast on Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Episode 21: The Long Shadow of Trauma – Transgenerational Transmission

Lives of the Unconscious

“A trauma does not disappear through silence; it cannot be silenced out of existence. It remains effective in fantasies, dreams, and experiences, but eludes language and thus understanding. It only becomes more diffuse, more intangible; it becomes a shadow or an undead, casting an invisible spell over the family history… But how do you break a spell?”

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Literature Recommendations:

  • Balint, M. (1969). Trauma and object relationship. The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 50(4), 429–435.
  • Bar-On, D. (1993). Legacy of Silence: Encounters with Children of the Third Reich. Harvard: Harvard University Press
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