How Collective Trauma Impacts Behavior, Mental Health, and Physical Health
Collective trauma refers to a traumatic event that is shared by a group of people. It may involve a small group, like a family or it may involve an entire society.
Traumatic events that effect groups may include things like a plane crash, natural disaster, mass shootings, famines, war, or pandemic.
Well-known collective traumas include American slavery, the Holocaust, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Attack on Pearl Harbor, and the September 11 attacks.
People don’t necessarily need to have experienced the event first-hand in order to be changed by it. Watching the events unfold on the news can be traumatic, for example…
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