Since the pandemic started, I’ve been thinking about this tweet.
my therapist was saying her patients who have experienced trauma kind of accepted the new normal almost immediately, while those who haven't are still in anger, denial, and bargaining. i guess this is what that looks like.— EricaJoy (@EricaJoy) March 22, 2020
I kept thinking about how trauma helped people accept a new normal faster. Does it not link someone tightly to any sense of “normal” since it was shattered before? Is it a greater sense of gratitude for anything, no matter how it changes? Or simply being used to tougher times?
As someone not well versed in trauma, I can’t know. I just wish it didn’t take that to give people a more flexible, collective mindset in tough times.