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How we learnt to take trauma seriously
by Stephen Frosh
About this EXP
Stephen Frosh, Professor of Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, talks about the history of trauma and how we can treat it.
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Key point 1
The concept of trauma first arose in the 19th century, as the growth of the railways changed people’s perceptions of time and space.
Key point 2
A trauma can be understood as an event so overwhelming that it actually can’t be thought about. It can’t be converted from an experience into a memory.
Key point 3
For the health of both individuals and society as a whole, we must learn how to listen to trauma survivors.
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