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Reading trauma as an intergenerational phenomenon
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CitationHosein Alavi, M. ve Bulut S. (2021). Reading trauma as an intergenerational phenomenon. Open Access Journal of Behavioural Science & Psychology (OAJBSP), 4(2).
The twentieth century is the era of human violence and anger, tragedy and trauma. The world in this century witnessed the most unforgettable scenes of global wars, massacres, labor camps, terrorism, and collective catastrophic incident, especially Holocaust, which has been the most terrifying type of mass murder and torture. In this respect, the trauma is a phenomenon that is kept in the collective memory of a community and the experience archive of a nation. It is a wounded memory that transfers from one generation to the next generation. For example, children who have witnessed their parents' fears of a specific voice or image show signs of fear or phobia to the same thing. To some extent, it is acquired, and somewhat it is genetically transmitted. The attention to the trauma was gradually increased, and the collective trauma of the war was investigated. During the World War I, many soldiers were victims of fear of what they had witnessed. After the end of the war, the truth of the trauma was in oblivion, however, what the World War II and the Vietnam War woke up in the minds of the people were a trauma of previous experiences and the commemoration of war. The current study tries to investigate the ways that a traumatic aftermath of an experience can be transferred through generations.