Dan Hurley’s article, originally Trait vs. Fate, examines epigenetic imprinting, which speaks to “Mother Hunger”. In Ready to Heal, McDaniel asserts that the original bond, or lack of bond, with Mom is the underpinning to intimacy challenges. A troubled relationship with Mom creates a hunger that weaves its way into each and every relationship a daughter has. To assist women with this concept, McDaniel asks workshop attendees to remember their mothers and maternal grandmothers, how they felt about their lives, their bodies, their relationships as a starting point for understanding current self image.
For individuals interested in learning more about epigenetic imprinting, the Discovery article, although lengthy, is helpful. Hurley claims “Your ancestors’ lousy childhoods or excellent adventures might change your personality, bequeathing anxiety or resilience by altering the epigenetic expressions of genes in the brain”.