Grief and Intergenerational Trauma: Background information when reading How It Feels to Float

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How It Feels to Float

by Helena Fox

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Grief and Intergenerational Trauma

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Intergenerational TraumaAs the narrative of How It Feels to Float unfolds, it becomes apparent that Biz's father suffered from some mental health problems and that there is a connection between how he and Biz process the world. The hereditary effects of trauma are only just becoming understood but, in essence, intergenerational trauma describes the transfer of the traumatic experience from those who experienced it first hand to a second, or even further generations, of offspring by way of complex post-traumatic stress disorder mechanisms.

Though the idea is still being debated in scientific circles, there is a theory that the children of people who have faced traumas have an even greater chance of having stress disorders than the parents who suffered the traumas directly, due to epigenetic inheritance (according to The British Society for Cell Biology, "while traditional genetics describes the way the DNA sequences in our genes are passed from one generation to the next, epigenetics describes passing...

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