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?

  • A great book (object text) to look at/consider is the Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty – Pamela Maria 5 years ago
  • Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club comes to mind. She even confesses that one of the reasons she wrote this novel is to come to terms with familial trauma. – Michael J. Berntsen 5 years ago

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