Post # 1
I have been thinking about my family lately… quite a few suicides and tragedies. This got me thinking… could there something that someone did in the past that caused this? Then I decided that it is a genetic predisposition to not handling stress well, and just random bad luck.
What do you all think? Is there such a thing as family karma?
Post # 2
You pretty much hit the nail on the head when you mentioned pre-disposition. I studied and worked in a social evolutionary psychology lab during college and post-bach and we talked about this. Have you ever heard of the “Kennedy Curse”? Same concept. Of couse some deaths were random as is life…but if you study their behavior patterns you can see most of the family tragedies are a result of a propensity for ‘risk taking behavior’ (chartering a plane in a storm, a new pilot flying a plane at night, volunteering for a dangerous mission, drugs, partying, etc.) Doesn’t make the deaths any less sad or heartbreaking but genetics definitely plays a role.
Post # 3
bobblebee : Bobby Kennedy….uggh…so sad. I guess when you’re a progressive in a time like that, you take a lot of risks. Yes, I agree.
Post # 4
No. Going by my belief in karma-like things, it is individual based, not family based. The seeming thread in families like the Kennedys, is the desire and upbringing and financial wherewithal to engage is dangerous behavior.
As well as the fact that they are famous, so we know about it. As opposed to an ordinary family who has a lot of death and drama, that we simply don’t hear of. So it is neither true, nor a “bunch of baloney”.
Post # 6
In the belief systems of which karma is a part (Hinduism, Buddhism), is there some talk of karma applied more globally than to an individual?
Post # 7
- Wedding: April 29th, 2016
lauralaura123 : It sounds like you’re talking about generational curses. I’ve definitely seen some families that can never seem to catch a break, with one tragedy after the next. I can even think of some things in my own family that I’ve actively worked to avoid in my own life. Like a previous poster said, I definitly feel that some of it may be genetic and/or even learned behaviors – nature and nurture.
Post # 8
I agree with ladyvictoria. I firmly believe generational curses are real. I won’t get into it because I don’t want to start a religious debate, and that’s not what this thread is geared toward. But I voted yes.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2020 - City, State
Don’t believe in karma but generational stress is a real thing. So it’s possible that your ancestors experienced a great deal of stress which altered their genes slightly and is passed down genetically to you and is manifested in how you process stress and anxiety.
Post # 10
michellelynn9175 : This is what I was thinking when I saw this thread.
Post # 11
Generational curses and karma aren’t the same thing at all–unless you think karma is somehow about cursing people, which it isn’t.
Post # 12
No. That was easy.
That was easy. Now family patterns of learned behavior, inherited trauma, inherited resources or lack thereof, similar circumstances, sure.
Post # 13
lauralaura123 : Speaking with my MS in family studies, it’s not a predisposition. Yes, to a small degree. But what you’re discussing is an environmental factor. People who do not handle stress, have low self esteem, etc raise kids who are the same way. So much of that comes down to attachment, which is a result of parenting style. Most people parent the way they were parented, leading to a cycle of insecurely attached people raising insecurely attached kids. The Belsky Model explains these factors pretty well.
Post # 14
I believe in personal Karma, not familial or generational. All the good you put out will return, so will all the bad.
I also kinda believe in generational curse. My Great Great Granny cursed by Great Granny because she got involved with the wrong man and she didnt approve of her choice. She ran away with that man and had a kid. The GGGranny said it’s a 7 generations curse when she cursed her. So my GGranny, Granny, Dad, Me, My kid, My GKid, My GGKid are “cursed” after that should be done. 🙄
Post # 15
“So my GGranny, Granny, Dad, Me, My kid, My GKid, My GGKid are “cursed” after that should be done”
You are joking, right? .