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“Why Is My Family Always Fighting?” Intergenerational Trauma

Family trauma photoIntergenerational trauma is a rare topic for mainstream society.

Sadly, that’s one of the reasons why a lot of families continue to suffer throughout generations.

Do you have a family that seems to have problems throughout generations and display ingrained patterns of behavior?

If so, you are not alone. In fact, these ingrained patterns may be a sign of intergenerational trauma.

In today’s article (and short video), I will be discuss this concept further.

Understanding intergenerational trauma is essential to understanding what components of yourself may need to be healed. You may be noticing patterns of behaviors in your own life or perhaps in the life someone close to you. There may be a good reason for these patterns that require closer observation.

I tend to define inter-generational trauma as:

“a traumatic event that began years prior to the current generation and has impacted the ways in which individuals within a family understand, cope with, and heal from trauma. ”  SOURCE:

Signs of intergenerational trauma discussed in this video includes:
-Content mindset
-Intra-personal issues
-Maintaining the status quo
-Downward Spiral of economic mobility
-Defense Mechanisms
-Repeated patterns of unhealthy behaviors
-Repeated parent-child conflict (including adopted and step)
-Life-long emotional and psychological issues
-Unresolved psychiatric need

For a detailed explanation of signs of inter-generational trauma, watch my most recent video here:

“Why Is My Family Always Fighting?” Intergenerational Trauma

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC, is a licensed therapist and internationally certified trauma professional, in private practice, who specializes in working with children and adolescents who suffer from mood disorders, trauma, and disruptive behavioral disorders. She also provides international consultations and works with some young and older adults struggling with grief & loss or life transitions. Hill strives to help clients to realize and actualize their strengths in their home environments and in their relationships within the community. She credits her career passion to a “divine calling” and is internationally recognized for corresponding literary works as well as appearances on radio and other media platforms. She is an author, family consultant, Keynote speaker, and founder of Anchored Child & Family Counseling. Visit her at Anchored-In-Knowledge or Twitter and Youtube Youtube If you are interested in scheduling a telehealth family consultation, feel free to let me know. *Ms. Hill has moved all content to her other social media platforms. Take care!

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Hill, T. (2020). “Why Is My Family Always Fighting?” Intergenerational Trauma. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 30, 2020, from


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