Is addiction genetic, or an inherited coping mechanism for unhealed ancestral trauma? In this episode, Ruby talks to Dr. Jennifer Mullan, the clinical psychologist and community organizer behind Instagram account @DecolonizingTherapy, about otherness, feeling safe in our bodies, and an awakening to mental health issues as part of our evolutionary process.
Jenn is on a mission to democratize access to talk therapy, and in this wide-ranging and super-enlightening conversation she and Ruby get deep into the weeds of the inequalities and core, systemic wounds that underlie so many addictions and self-soothing behaviors—and which have often be passed down from generation to generation.
In this episode we also discuss:
-Alcohol vs. cannabis as a coping mechanism
-Feeling safe to be yourself in a world that fears the “other.”
-The power and importance of peer-to-peer counseling.
-The cult of individualism vs. our collectivistic needs.
-How to recognize and use our privilege.
-How generational trauma gets passed down – along with coping mechanisms.
-The danger of framing healing as “work,” with a specific goal or outcome attached.
-The pros and cons of the rise of Instagram therapists.
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