The Emotional Inheritance of Our Ancestors
Our emotional inheritance is as determining as it is intransigent and imposing. Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking that our story started when we cried for the first time. Thinking this is a mistake because, just as we’re the fruit of the union of an egg and a spermatozoon, we are also the product of a mixture. A mixture of desires, fantasies, fears and a whole constellation of emotions and perceptions. These were mixed together in order to give rise to a new life.
Currently the concept of “family novel” has started being used. From the moment a person is born, they start writing a story with their actions. If the stories of each members of a family are observed, you’ll find essential coincidences and common axes. It would seem as if each individual were a chapter in a bigger story, which was written over different generations.
This situation was beautifully portrayed in the book “A Hundred Years of Solitude”, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He shows how the same mistakes are repeated over various generations. This happens until the mistake becomes a reality and ends with a whole lineage. In particular, what is inherited from past generations are the nightmares, traumas, and unprocessed experiences.