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On Trauma

A very general definition of trauma is a deeply disturbing or distressing event in which survival, whether physical, emotional or mental, becomes the primary, over-riding concern. A traumatic event may be very personal and specific, like rape, domestic violence, the death of a child, or accident, or more global in scale, like a natural disaster or terrorist attack. In the aftermath of a trauma, people typically progress through a series of stages that according to Judith Herman’s Tri-Phasic Model of Trauma Recovery include (1) Safety and Stabilization (2) Remembrance and Mourning and (3) Reconnection. The degree to which a person can successfully navigate through each of these stages deter

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