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Publisher's Summary

Internationally known psychoanalyst Dr. Galit Atlas draws on her patients' stories - and her own life experiences - to shed light on how inherited family trauma affects our lives; "illuminating" (Lori Gottlieb, author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone).

The people we love and those who raised us live inside us; we experience their emotional pain, we dream their memories, and these things shape our lives in ways we don’t always recognize. Emotional Inheritance is about family secrets that keep us from living to our full potential, create gaps between what we want for ourselves and what we are able to have, and haunt us like ghosts. 

In this transformative book, Galit Atlas entwines the stories of her patients, her own stories, and decades of research to help 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.

©2022 Galit Atlas (P)2022 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

“An intimate, textured, and compassionate exploration of intergenerational trauma, how it is carried and transmitted within families, and how it can be skillfully invited in, recognized, attenuated, and perhaps resolved through the therapeutic relationship, metabolizing what has hitherto not been named or nameable.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of The Healing Power of Mindfulness)

“Beautiful, artistic, and elegant. Dr. Atlas skillfully uses stories from her practice to explore the archeology of transgenerational trauma. The descriptions of the therapeutic process pull you in; you come to know both patient and therapist. In doing so, you cannot help but reflect on your own journey. Emotional Inheritance is a gem for anyone, but it is an essential read for those seeking to understand trauma, therapy, and the healing process.” (Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, coauthor (with Oprah Winfrey) of the number one New York Times best seller What Happened to You?)

"Dr. Atlas writes with profound living compassion for those who have carried, in their bodies, minds, hearts, spirits and souls, the most often unspoken and secret traumas of their own hurt elders. As a first-generation American child growing up in my tough family of war refugees, deportees - the ethnically cleansed, struggling immigrants, I humbly assert that I know about generational traumas in depth. I recognize Dr. Atlas as one who writes in full knowing detail - about what I call in my work, ‘the generational wound." (Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés Reyés, author of Women Who Run with the Wolves)

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A succession of war stories gleaned from the author’s clients all in support of the theory that historical trauma is passed down through generations. No real model provided to understand the mechanism or treatment. The book lacks original insight. The author should give her royalties to her patients—they did all the heavy lifting for this book.

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Loved every minute of this!

A must read/listen! This book gave me new insights into my own family history through stories from the author, Galit Atlas @galitatlas, which were engaging and insightful. The audiobook is extremely impactful, as Gait speaks with such compassion to create a connection with me as a listener as well as for me to my own emotional inheritance.

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Too slow

When listening to the audio, the reader took too long of pauses which made it difficult for me to listen. I will have to try reading this on my own.

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Interesting

I found the case studies very interesting, but had thought/hoped there might be more about HOW emotional inheritance happens and/or HOW to tap in to one’s own emotional. I didn’t get the ‘how’, but I enjoyed the engaging examples of what emotional inheritance looks like.

I enjoyed the author’s reading, but found her pace very slow. I changed the play speed to 1.3x and she sounded more conversational.

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Great!

So interesting and personal.
Definitely a must!
A lot to research to do in the family's stories.

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True look into healing trauma

This book was wildly explorative and eye opening!! I will continue to use the information I gained throughout my life to help me be a better mom and grandma! Thank you!

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Trauma moves through our family line's

I've been recommending this beautiful book to all my client's.
It was such an affirming experience to be with these long held stories from other families. Thank you for your work and this beautiful creation you've shared!

I loved the way the author understood the correlation between her own life experiences and the client's that she has attracted.
This book shines a light in the darkness of epigenetic trauma spoken or unspoken and how it will continue to show up until it is witnessed and healed. Thank you so much for putting this work into the world!

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So beautifully narrated, emotional, and artistic.

Loved it, could listen to it again and again. Great cultural approach and espritual touch.

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Loved this.

Loved it, wanted more when it was over. Loved the narration, by whom is also the author. So good.

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I heard my story in her book

Loved it. Didn't want it to end. I heard my story woven into those she chose to share. Gained new personal insights as to the why behind the what.