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Why We’re All Writing About Trauma

In an era of public revelation, reflections on the ubiquitous trauma arc

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“In a world infatuated with victimhood, has trauma emerged as a passport to status — a red badge of courage?” asks Parul Sehgal in a recent New Yorker essay. Sehgal provides a brief history of trauma diagnoses from what was once called “railway spine,” to shell-shock, to P.T.S.D. (The last, Sehgal notes, is today the fourth…




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Sarah Stankorb

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Sarah Stankorb is a contributor to GEN. Other works in The Washington Post, Marie Claire, Glamour, O, and The Atlantic. @sarahstankorb

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