Fascinating article in the New Republic about the intergenerational transmission of susceptibility to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Maybe it is true that the Scripture passage is true to some extent: “And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6-7).
I say “to some extent” because, of course, people’s PTSD is generally not a result of sins committed by the victims, but of sins committed by one’s perpetrators. I’m referring to the intergenerational passing down of post traumatic response styles.
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