We should be aware that people often mistakenly use genetic or hereditary terms without realizing that these more often than not are about our environment i.e. our parenting, school environment, social environment. For example, you frequently hear people making statements such as ‘like father like son’, which insinuates that there is a genetic factor involved. Anytime I have explored the generational and genetic themes it has become apparent that childhood abuse and neglect were rife in such families, going back for generations. The generational factor and patternas were not necessarily (but could be) genetic, but rather neglect that carried on throughout the decades. A genogram is an effective way to explore this. This is like a family tree and can be framed to look at relationship problems, medical issues, addictions and so on. You can download examples of genograms and instruction on how to use them from the internet. The further back you can go the better, but generally grandparents are as far as we can go. In examining the completed genogram you may be shocked to see the psychological pathologies in your ancestry associated with attachment problems, and how they affect your generation. Extract from my recent book – Understanding and Healing the Hurts of Childhood. THERAPISTS IN TIPPERARY PSYCHOTHERAPISTS IN TIPPERARY COUNSELLING TIPPERARY DEATH OF A CHILD ABUSE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FEAR ANGER JEALOUSY SHAME I am the author of six books When a Child Dies. Footsteps of a Grieving Family Abuse. Domestic Violence, Workplace and School Bullying Understanding and Healing the Hurts of Childhood. I’ll Meet You at the Roundy O Priest, Politics and Society in Post Famine Ireland 1850-1891 Prince of Swindlers. John Sadleir MP 1813-1856 I am currently writing a major work on DID (Multiple Personality Disorder)

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