The American Journal of Psychoanalysis

, Volume 79, Issue 4, pp 494–506 | Cite as

Working Out Phantoms in Trans-Generational Transmission of Trauma

  • Endre KoritarEmail author


The concept of Trans-Generational Transmission of Trauma (TTT) is explored through a clinical presentation of a young man in search of a history buried by negation, disavowal, and foreclosure of the ravages of traumatic beginnings of unwelcome children. Transmitted down the generations as phantoms buried in crypts of the psyche, they emerge generations later as holes in the self manifested as a sense of meaninglessness, alienation, and feeling outcast. Historicization of the buried past can bring symbolic representation to phantoms and disperse their influence. Social consequences of unwelcome children are discussed as some may choose violence against others as a solution to their excessive death drive.


trans-generational transmission of trauma alien transplants phantoms buried in crypts unwelcome children death drive 



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