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Tell us your views on the working definition of trauma. What do you like about the definition, and what changes do you suggest?

The summary working definition is a good starting point but I think the lengthier working statement does more justice to the complexity of t

The summary working definition is a good starting point but I think the lengthier working statement does more justice to the complexity of trauma. There may be a trauma taxonomy/ language that I'm unaware of but I do think there may be fundamental differences in the dynamics of an individual's trauma experience depending on whether the causation was based in interpersonal or family relationships vs in community - based event or large scale disaster. The "who or what" that created the trauma is important in framing the responses to it. Similarly there are dynamics distinctions between privately- based( eg child ****** abuse) and publicly - based ( eg hurricane disaster)traumas . Some traumas impair an individuals ability to successfully negotiate basic developmental stages and the "stuckness" is played out in addictive compulsive/ avoidance patterns that can affect multiple generations . Implications for unacknowledged( denied) , unaddressed( avoided) and unresolved ( unchanged) stages of trauma response? Existential/ spiritual implications? Traumatic events have in common ( I think) an extraordinary/ non-ordinary, overwhelmingly shattering, boundary- invading quality that insults the integrity and sanctity of an individuals sense of self, safety and security in the world, with impact ranging from spiritual/ existential issues to deeply carried cellular memories . I've rambled too long here. Many thanks to the team that prepared the working statement.

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      • Steven WilliamsSteven Williams commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Trauma effects are varied. 2 people that experience the same trauma, may have very different reactions to the EVENT.I think that to lengthy a definition gets in to the particulars, and starts defining ones opinion of trauma.

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