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Emotional Inheritance: How Family Experiences Impact Our Psychology

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Recorded on February 16, 2022.

Trauma is a universal human experience and yet, most of the time we remain blissfully unaware of its existence in our own family history, much less how it can be carried silently across generations to impact our daily lives. In her new book, Emotional Inheritance: A Therapist, Her Patients, and the Legacy of Trauma, internationally-acclaimed psychoanalyst Dr. Galit Atlas draws on her patients’ stories, her own life experiences, and decades of research to help us understand how loss and suffering from the past can continue to haunt us in the present. As she explains, events that occurred in our families many lifetimes ago continue to live inside us, and they can have a profound impact on everything from our medical symptoms to our habits to our confidence. The key, Dr. Atlas argues, is to first recognize what those traumas were in the first place and to then work to understand their connection to the present. She believes that only by doing so are we able to transcend the past and reach our full potential.

About Dr. Galit Atlas

Galit Atlas, PhD, is a psychoanalyst and clinical supervisor in private practice in Manhattan. She is a faculty member of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis. she is a faculty member of the National Training Programs (NTP) and the Four Year Adult training program of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) in NYC. As an essayist and author, Atlas has published numerous articles and book chapters that focus primarily on gender and sexuality. <em>Her New York Times </em>publication "A Tale of Two Twins" was the winner of a 2016 Gradiva Award.

Atlas served on the board of directors of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association. From 2011-2013 she co-chaired and moderated the on-line Colloquium Series for the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP). She is on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Dr. Atlas is the recipient of the Andre' Francois Research Award and the NADT Research Award.


Dr. Galit Atlas

Dr. Galit Atlas

Award-Winning Psychoanalyst, Clinical Supervisor & Author

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