OverviewAncestral trauma is a condition common to telepathic peoples, wherein a child may inherit their parents’ traumatic memories if the appropriate steps are not taken during development in utero to prevent it. This usually results in a form of cPTSD unique to telepaths.
Telepaths tend to inherit memories from their parents. As a fetus develops telepathic abilities in utero, it will use those abilities much like it kicks and grasps and swallows. They sift through their parents’ memories as a fact of life, and continue to do so after reaching full term and being born. This lends to the saying “telepathic babies have no telepathic manners.” If the mother has traumatic memories, her child can inherit her trauma through remembering her own memories. A child in a given family can inherit traumatic memories from anyone they share a familial telepathic link with that is within range of their telepathy during development in utero and early childhood. They are most likely to inherit trauma from their mother, followed by the father and anyone else they share a familial link with. It should be noted that ancestral trauma can still be inherited if the child’s parent was the perpetrator of a traumatic event rather than the subject of a traumatic event, though this is considerably less common.
There are several instances which the development of ancestral trauma can be caught. The symptoms present differently between fetuses, newborns, and older babies (aged one). In utero, a fetus may keep bringing up traumatic memories for the mother who unfortunately can’t block the fetus’s telepathy. They may also be unusually restless and send off the emotion of distress, giving way to even more sleep deprivation for the mother. For newborns, they will likely cry with no discernable cause and show emotional distress, especially when being put down to sleep. They’ll constantly sift through their favorite memories from each parent at inconvenient times and often won’t stop, and will only cry harder if they’re telepathically blocked. For older babies (aged one), the symptoms are night terrors, tantrums, refusing to sleep, and constantly dragging up their parents’ or caretakers’ memories that they like (for comfort) despite knowing better at this age.
Ancestral trauma is treated through telepathic healing. Telepathic healing is the act of using one’s own telepathic ability to stimulate other areas of a person’s brain and other memories. The idea is not to repress trauma, but to weaken the neurological connection to them until they are forgotten. A brain is constantly changing through its own neurons and stimulation. A brain is constantly trimming away information it recognizes as unimportant. Telepathic healing’s goal is to train the brain to see ancestral trauma as unimportant information, and naturally trim it away. When a fetus is suspected to have ancestral trauma, a telepathic healer is summoned to treat both mother and fetus. If it’s a newborn or older baby, the telepathic healer will treat them for as long as they’re needed.
The vast majority of children with ancestral trauma recover through telepathic healing by the age of five and go on to be happy, healthy, children.
It is extremely important that family members do not simply put up a telepathic block, because doing so can lead to something called psionic-starvation. Like an infant needs touch and affection, a telepathic child also needs psionic interaction. Depriving them of that interaction can lead to learning disabilities, developmental delays, childhood depression, and a lower emotional intelligence than is generally expected of telepathic children and adults.
Ancestral trauma is best prevented through all family members with trauma receiving telepathic healing. Of course, this isn’t always possible to do, so it’s often recommended that mothers to be undergo telepathic healing early on in their pregnancy, and keep a telepathic healer with them throughout to prevent the fetus from developing ancestral trauma, by denying it access to traumatic memories. It is also recommended that other relatives, instead of blocking the fetus or baby, instead initiate telepathic contact with pleasant, soothing, or happy memories, thoughts, images, and feelings.
Children with ancestral trauma are very much accepted by their society, and the adults around them take extra care to show them love. For children whose parents were fully informed and yet the care was foregone— not to be mistaken with the care being inaccessible— there is a greater feeling of grief socially. These children generally are not left in the care of their birth parents. While telepathic cultures accept this as a fact of life, non telepathic peoples tend to be horrified by the idea of inherited trauma, and fall back on harmful (and simply hateful) ideas that are best classified as being eugenics, as they have to do with beliefs about who should and shouldn’t have children. This is a very big reason as to why telepaths don’t often marry or have children with non-telepaths. Non-telepaths often see telepaths with trauma that have children as irresponsible.