Creative-writing student at QUT, former literary editor, infrequent gardener, part-time cyclist.
Junior Contributor I
How does literature facilitate the healing of transgenerational trauma?
We all know that experience of reading about some character who reminds us of someone who traumatised us. It’s painful, but sometimes it’s necessary to confront these feelings if we want to heal. If we confront these feelings and are able to empathise with perpetrators, we can learn what motivates them and avoid such motivations manifesting in ourselves. What psychological mechanisms are operating in this process?