Is a given event always traumatic?

This article highlights research by George Bonanno suggesting that a person’s response to a (potentially) traumatic event may affect whether the event is actually traumatic: “ Every frightening event, no matter how negative it might seem from the sidelines, has the potential to be traumatic or not to the person experiencing it.”

This fits somewhat with the definition the Anabaptist group is playing with: Trauma is anything that keeps us from being able to person.

The work of Bonanno here allows for the everyday events to be legitimately labelled traumatic, or trauma inducing, if the person is unable to respond well.

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