Emotional Inheritance

Moving beyond the legacy of trauma

by Galit Atlas

  • Published: 03 Feb 2022
  • Price: 14.99
  • Format: Demy Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781780725406
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    UK & C/Wealth
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‘With elegance, Galit Atlas explains the troubling and nourishing aspects of our emotional inheritances. She deftly shows why the hurts and stuckness that can plague us can be faced and, yes, dissolved. Contemporary psychoanalysis at its best. And good storytelling, too.’ – Susie Orbach, author of Fat Is a Feminist Issue

Past family trauma can keep us unconsciously connected to the past. It shapes our lives in ways we don’t always recognise, and can keep us from living to our full potential.

In this transformative book, award-winning psychoanalyst Dr Galit Atlas draws back the veil on the legacy of intergenerational trauma. Entwining the stories of her patients, her own stories, and decades of research, she shows how the people we love and those who raised us live inside us – how we take on their emotional pain – and she helps us identify the links between our life struggles and the ‘emotional inheritance’ we all carry. For it is only by following the traces those ghosts leave that we can truly change our destiny.

“‘An utterly compelling account of how the unconscious passage of trauma from one generation to the next is revealed in psychotherapy. With her special gift for evocative narrative, Dr Atlas makes us present as witnesses to powerful stories of sorrows held in secret, of children who carry those sorrows forward, knowing without knowing what darkens their lives.’ ”
Dr Jessica Benjamin, author of 'The Bonds of Love'
“‘An illuminating book. The stories Dr Atlas shares reveal the potency of our inherited wounds, showing how the experiences of our ancestors shape our lives in quiet but far-reaching ways, and how we all have the potential to heal.’”
Lori Gottlieb, author of 'Maybe You Should Talk to Someone'

About 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. Atlas has published three books for clinicians and numerous articles and book chapters that focus primarily on gender and sexuality. A leader in the fi eld of relational psychoanalysis, Dr Atlas is a recipient of the Andre Francois Research Award and the NADTA Research Award. She teaches and lectures throughout the United States and internationally.