Summary of the Ninth Meeting of the Discussion Group for Children of Holocaust Survivors: Intimacy In Couples

Summary of the Ninth Meeting of the Discussion Group for Children of Holocaust Survivors: Intimacy In Couples
Posted on May 6, 2017 by Irit Felsen, Ph.D.
The purpose of the entire lecture series “Our Parents, Ourselves, Our Changing Lives” has been two-fold, to increase understanding of Holocaust survivor parents, and of ourselves, and in particular, to enhance the present and future resilience and quality of life of the second generation.

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The purpose of the entire lecture series “Our Parents, Ourselves, Our Changing Lives” has been two-fold, to increase understanding of Holocaust survivor parents, and of ourselves, and in particular, to enhance the present and future resilience and quality of life of the second generation.

The previous sessions illuminated particular relational vulnerabilities common among the second generation, such as a tendency to put the parents’ needs, and later, the need of others, ahead of one’s own, and the lasting impact of childhood experiences with trauma survivor parents, which might continue to influence one’s responses later in life to spouses, children and others. Some of these themes, identified in studies of the second generation, include lack of parental emotional availability and lack of open communication in the family, and at times, the impact of frightening or hurtful experiences when trauma survivor parents, triggered by some trauma-related reminder, over-reacted or withdrew into emotional…

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