Trauma: An Overused Trope

Voices Through the Mask
Voices Through the Mask
Trauma: An Overused Trope
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Through changing work environments, social lives, family dynamics, politics and the shifting economy, the pandemic has been a turbulent time. During this time of uncertainty, if there’s been anything constant, it’s the negative experiences we shared: being unable to see family, rising unemployment, food insecurity, domestic conflicts and a general loss of connection. While different people may have been affected by the pandemic differently, we all share a collective trauma. … Or do we? What does “trauma” even mean here? Is it the same as the trauma a soldier returning from the trenches or someone who went through abuse? What kind of discussions does “trauma” foster and might it be impeding the way we talk about this pandemic?

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