Aug 25, 2019

Mark Wolynn – What Trauma Have You Inherited?

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Family, Inherited Trauma, Relationship, Trauma, Triggers


Do you know what traumas happened to your grandparents, or great-grandparents? Do you know how those traumas might be impacting on your patterns or triggers today? My guest this week is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of intergenerational trauma. Mark Wolynn not only shares his research and understandings of the field, but also his own story and the stories of some of his clients in understanding their inherited traumas. I was completely mindblown by this episode, whether you know your family history or not, you absolutely must not miss this conversation.



3 mins – Intro to Mark Wolynn and family trauma.
5 mins – How major life events or triggers can relate to experiences of previous generations.
11 mins – Are we ‘wired this way’ or have we inherited our patterns?
13 mins – How we can understand the nature of epigenetics through research on mice.
20 mins – Why do we repeat our traumas?
24 mins – The story of Sarah and her grandparents trauma.
32 mins – The ‘family tree’ and who the family system includes beyond biological family members.
37 mins – Opening up the possibility of our ‘work’ being beyond just our individual experiences, how our ‘remembrances’ live in our body.
40 mins – Mark Wolynn’s story of his own inherited traumas.
43 mins – Recoding or rewiring our stress responses.
48 mins – Mark Wolynn’s workshops and resources.


Mark Wolynn (accent on second syllable) is the director of the Family Constellation Institute in San Francisco. He 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 is the winner of the 2016 Nautilus Book Award in psychology, and has been translated into 17 languages. 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.