Moving from Idealism Towards Hope
Chapter 4. The Reality of Trauma in TFA
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THE REALITY OF TRAUMA IN TFA
Trauma is defined by the American Psychological Association (APA) as an emotional response to a terrible event. People respond to trauma differently: some will have no ill effects, others may experience an immediate and acute effect, and others may not show signs of stress until after the event (Trauma, 2013). Trauma is inherently difficult to talk about, and how a person experiences and responds to trauma can change over time.
Many CMs experienced trauma in TFA. Ariel described herself as “stressed, traumatized, over-worked” in TFA; this was a common response among CMs. John, Aiden, Jane, Maggie, and Marie commented on the pervasiveness of trauma in TFA. John stated, “I thought TFA had a culture of people who were in over their heads … I was surprised by how many people seemed shell shocked.”
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