Terms and Definitions

These are some of terms I will use both in my podcast and in the blog and a brief description of what they mean

  • Trauma: Oxford dictionary defines it as "a deeply distressing or disturbing experience." 

  • Generational, Transgenerational or Intergenerational Trauma: Trauma that is unresolved trauma and shame genetically inherited from your mother or father through epigenetic inheritance. It surfaces as disempowering feelings and behaviours that make no sense in the context of the life of the person experiencing them.


  • Epigenetic Inheritance: the transmission of epigenetic markers from one organism to the next (i.e., from parent to child) that affects the traits of offspring without altering the primary structure of DNA.

  • Identify/Identifying: In storytelling, it is when someone sees themselves and/or certain character traits in another. So, even if the outside circumstances are much different across the experience, the internal dialogue or feelings are the same.  Ex: Only an alcoholic can IDENTIFY with another alcoholic because the core behaviors that define the disease are the same, even though the way the disease presents itself on the outside may be totally different in appearance, actions and behavior from one alcoholic to another. This involves internal work, not external.  

  • Terminal Uniqueness: The idea that one's experiences are unique to them and no one will understand but them.  This is purely an EGO problem, as the EGO believes they are separate from instead a part of. There are more similarities among us than differences. 


  • The Shadow Self: A term coined by Carl G. Jung, it is the self that we keep hidden from others and the source of most of our internalized shame and guilt. It embodies our worst character traits that we do not like about ourselves and feeds on our basic human instincts. We all have one. This theory is said to explain where sociopaths and psychopaths originate. It also explains how an ordinary citizen can turn into the persona of Nazi soldier if their survival is threatened. The Shadow Self is only a threat if it is not integrated or looked at with honest intent. Someone in active addiction is controlled by their Shadow Self.

  • Shadow Work: Loosely defined, it is the internal work one does to integrate their Shadow Self with their Authentic/Conscious Self.