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May 2, 2023

Have you ever said something to your partner and thought, “I sound like my father,” or, “That’s something my mother would say.”

Epigenetics tells us that we tend to pick up tendencies and recurring issues that we heard and experienced in our families of origin — especially with our parents.

Therapist Johanna Lynn breaks down the importance of examining our family lines, how our current relationship problems could be the product of past conditioning, and what we can do about it.

Tune in to this episode: Dropping 'The Story' - Understanding Intergenerational Influences on Relationships with Johanna Lynn

Key points covered in this episode:

✔️ Understand the influence of past generations. 

By exploring our ancestors' relationships and environments, we can uncover clues to our own patterns and behaviors.

✔️ Look at repeating relationship issues. 

Repeating arguments, boundary issues, communication problems, and people-pleasing tendencies are some common family issues that need to be examined. 

✔️ Map out your three-generation genogram. 

Doing this can help you identify and understand how certain traits or behaviors have been passed down through your family lineage.

✔️ Practice self-awareness and acceptance. 

Once you become aware of your family conditioning and how it has influenced you, you can now work on accessing and embracing your authentic self.

✔️ Heal through connection. 

Openness and vulnerability gives you a chance to improve family dynamics and foster a deeper relationship with your loved ones.


Johanna Lynn is a highly trained systemic therapist who offers resolutions for long-standing issues to participants in online classes with a focus on dismantling family patterns, restoring relationships, and cultivating resilient boundaries.



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Marie-Elizabeth is the founder and CEO of Relationship Alchemy®, where she guides soulful professional women in personal and relationship transformation, so they can have more love and connection at home and a greater impact in the world.


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As the founder and CEO of Relationship Alchemy®, two-time TEDx Speaker, and host of the Relationship Alchemy podcast, Marie-Elizabeth Mali helps women communicate more effectively and transform patterns of thinking and behavior that get in the way of love, connection, and success in relationships and business. Drawing on her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and over 20 years of working with clients, she teaches people how to show up as authentic leaders in their relationships and work instead of twisting themselves to fit in. Marie-Elizabeth’s work has been featured in Thrive Global, SWAAY, and Forbes. She is also a philanthropist and published author with an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and an underwater photographer who has a thing for sharks. Learn more at