I Have Been Traumatized - Therefore We Exist

Yochai Ataria


In this paper it will be suggested that in this era we cannot understand the concept of trauma without first understudying the cultural context. Yet not less important it will be suggested that trauma stands in the very core of our culture, namely, traumatic event and the creation of a group of survivors is a pre-condition for the formation of a community. The collective identity is rooted within the traumatic event, and the structure of this collective identity is based upon the survivors' stories.


Trauma, PTSD, Culture, Survivors

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