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Societal traumas and the butterfly effect

Here is a quote I read recently:

“Society and traumas have conditioned us to believe the qualities of our lives and worth are dependent on the external fortunes obtained.”

This is a huge subject, but let’s break it down a tiny bit and in a general form.

  • Our personal (unhealed) traumas condition us to believe certain things about ourselves, the quality of our lives and our worth.

  • Society conditions us to believe certain things about ourselves, the quality of our lives and our worth.

Now, WHAT IF we were to combine the two and say that Societal Traumas condition us to believe certain things about the quality of our lives and worth?


The first question would be What are Societal Traumas? Societal traumas are traumas that are shared throughout an entire group, including but not limited to historical trauma.

Let’s name a few:

  1. War

  2. Terrorism

  3. Disease

  4. Famine

  5. Racism

  6. Genocide

  7. Slavery

  8. Natural disasters

What we know is that unhealed traumas are passed down from generation to generation through our DNA.

If we think of this fact on an individual level, it may feel easy to comprehend. Now, consider it on a societal level and the huge impact that will have on each individual.

I live in the United States and I would say that as a general rule, Society has the expectation or requirement that we must be busy, constantly hustling to earn money and to prove our worth. It’s almost as if being busy is a badge of honor. What general societal belief system does that create? It is as if we can hear Society whispering in our ear: If I don’t hustle, I’m lazy. If I don’t have money/ fortunes, I’m worthless or the quality of my life is less-than.

How many of us heard similar things from members of our family? Therefore, our individual (unhealed) traumas are compounded by the Societal Traumas. Both whispering in each ear, conditioning us to believe thoughts and feelings of inadequacy about the quality of our lives.


The butterfly effect is a fascinating concept that explores how small changes can have big consequences in complex systems like the weather, history, or human lives.

The butterfly effect is the idea that small, seemingly trivial events may ultimately result in something with much larger consequences – in other words, they have non-linear impacts on very complex systems. For instance, when a butterfly flaps its wings in India, that tiny change in air pressure could eventually cause a tornado in Iowa.

How do we apply the butterfly effect principals to the Societal Trauma solution? We are each part of the collective whole of humankind. Every time one person heals their own traumas, it has a ripple effect on their families and the groups they belong to. Small shifts have huge impacts on the whole world!

Would you like to be part of the solution?

Join the global movement to end generational trauma patterns! To get started, please reach out to me here.

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