How Generational Trauma Dictates Our Choices, According to a Therapist

Internationally renowned psychoanalyst Galit Atlas talks about the mystical ways in which the ghosts of traumas of earlier generations can crop up within us, and explains why cheating is a lot more than sex

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שירלי גל
Shirley Gal
שירלי גל
Shirley Gal

Leonardo came to Dr. Galit Atlas in order to talk about his inability to disconnect from Milo, his former lover. Two years after their break-up, he was still hurting and grieving. One day he noted to Atlas, a psychoanalyst, that he had always told her he was cursed, but now, he added, Milo was haunting him even in his dreams. In the dream, he related, Milo pounded on the door of the bathroom, called his name and tried to force him to come out. Leonardo said he didn’t understand what the dream meant. (All case-study names used by Atlas are pseudonyms.)

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