“Marinated in trauma” – generational transmission of trauma. Diane Langberg & Phil Monroe
When a person’s life is marinated in trauma, that has profound effects on the individual. When a connected group of people is systemically traumatized (such as the Jews in the holocaust) studies show this has negative effects down several generations. And what if a whole society is systemically traumatizing some of its members?
The three links I’m about to give you are all from the same YouTube video.
Introduction to Trauma Healing— a TV series made for Iranians in which actors depict various Bible stories that relate to trauma. Pretty short; very moving.
Dr Diane Langberg describes what it is like to be ‘marinated in trauma‘ by recounting examples from real people’s lives. She explores the impact of complex trauma on stages of individual and social identity development and how this has an impact on trauma being passed on to the next generation.
Dr Phil Monroe discusses the transmission of trauma across generations using examples of direct and indirect intergenerational transmission of trauma, and the systems that maintain trauma transmission. He explored these questions:
- What are the social conditions and structures that maintain systems that transmit trauma to the next generation? In other words, what are the factors outside of individual behavior (e.g., one traumatized person’s behavior towards another) that maintain conditions encouraging generational trauma?
- For those of the higher caste in a society – the people with greater privilege and more social power – what are the mechanisms that enable them to
- avoid many generational traumas
- remain blind to the structures and systems at work.
Other items about Langberg and Monroe