October 16, 2019

Racial and Intergenerational Trauma, with Sara Taylor

Episode 25:

For over three decades, Sara Taylor has been helping organizations and the individuals within them to be more effective and inclusive through her engaging diversity and inclusion trainings, comprehensive leadership development programs and innovative cultural competence frameworks.

Since 2002, as the founder and president of deepSEE Consulting, she has worked with HR managers, chief diversity officers, and high-level executives at 3M Company, AARP, Cleveland Foundation, Coca-Cola, Marriott International, General Mills, United Way Worldwide National Credit Union Administration, Ingersol-Rand, Seagate Technologies, Thompson Reuters Thrivent Financial, and many others.

She is the author of a new book, Filter Shift: How Effective People See the World, that explores how our unconscious is actually making choices and decisions for us, all without our knowing — and how to change that.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why little-t “traumas” have physical and mental effects on our us that are similar to big-T “Traumas”
  • Sara relates the story of a comparatively minor trauma she experienced as a child growing up on a farm, and the lasting fear it created that she experiences to this day
  • How our sympathetic nervous systems draw energy from other biological systems to activate the “fight or flight” response
  • How repeated first- and second-hand exposures to racial trauma can create lasting health and economic struggles for the people affected
  • How epigenetic modifications of gene sequences in our DNA can create trauma responses not just in those who experience them, but in their children and grandchildren as well
  • Sara shares real-world examples of traumas creating an intergenerational response that affected the children of people experiencing those traumas
  • Sara provides details of a fascinating experiment of how mice began relating a certain smell to traumas that happened to their parents and grandparents
  • Why our response to trauma is intended to help us avoid and escape danger, and how that relates to experiencing trauma in the workplace

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