Emotional Inheritance

A Therapist, Her Patients, and the Legacy of Trauma

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780316492119

USD: $13.99  /  CAD: $16.99

ON SALE: January 25th 2022

Genre: Nonfiction / Psychology / Mental Health


In this "illuminating" book, Dr. Galit Atlas, an internationally known psychoanalyst, draws on the emotional power of her patients’ stories and her own life experiences to shed light on the extraordinary ways in which inherited family trauma affects our lives. (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.

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Reader Reviews


“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, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk To Someone
"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 In Therapy and Bodies
"Galit Atlas has given us a gift with her book Emotional Inheritance. With warmth and compassion, she is able to show the reader the ways our present challenges could be linked to our inherited past. Using patient stories and her own experiences, we are taken on a journey of discovery. By sharing these stories, she gives us a glimpse behind our own curtains and helps us understand that if we are open to the possibility of hope, now might be the right time to break the silence our ancestors have held for so long."—Sharon Salzberg, New York Times bestselling author of Real Happiness
“This book is full of great wisdom, expertise, and humanity. An important, terrific, gripping read.”—Dr. Anne Alvarez, author of Live Company
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