Yesterday Never Sleeps: Unraveling Generational Trauma with Dr. Jackie Heller artwork
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Yesterday Never Sleeps: Unraveling Generational Trauma with Dr. Jackie Heller

  • S2E340
  • 30:01
  • May 20th 2024


  • Dr. Allen Lycka introduces Dr. Jackie Heller, a physician specializing in psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and neurology, who has authored the book "Yesterday Never Sleeps," exploring personal and familial trauma.

Main Discussion Points:

  1. Dr. Heller's background and journey, shaped by her parents' experience as Holocaust survivors, leading to her interest in generational trauma.
  2. The concept of "Yesterday Never Sleeps" and its implications for understanding the influence of the past on present behavior and emotions.
  3. Parallels between Dr. Heller's book and themes in works like "A Christmas Carol" and "Citizen Kane," highlighting the importance of confronting one's past for personal growth.
  4. The significance of introspection and self-reflection in understanding oneself and forming healthy relationships, particularly in the context of attachment theory and psychology.
  5. Exploring the collective unconscious and its role in shaping societal behavior, especially in times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic.
  6. Practical approaches to therapy and counseling, emphasizing the importance of repairing ruptures in relationships and fostering self-awareness.

Key Takeaways:

  • Cultivating gratitude and resilience can lead to a fulfilling life.
  • Understanding one's emotions and thoughts through introspection is crucial for personal growth.
  • Repairing ruptures in relationships strengthens bonds and fosters intimacy.
  • Practicing self-reflection and self-awareness leads to improved decision-making and emotional regulation.


  • Dr. Lycka expresses gratitude to Dr. Heller for sharing her insights and directs listeners to Dr. Heller's website for more information and her book "Yesterday Never Sleeps."
  • A reminder to listeners to visit for self-assessment tools and resources.


Jackie Heller, MD, a psychoanalyst, is board certified in psychiatry and neurology. Her professional experience as a practicing clinician has allowed her extensive insight into the vast range of human experiences. Her new book, Yesterday Never Sleeps (Greenleaf Book Group Press, August 1, 2023), delves into her personal experience with family trauma and helping others work through their own.

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