I don’t like the term “trauma”, since it’s usually deployed to build a victimhood narrative for the left; however, just as the left exploits the existence of nuclear weapons and man-induced climate change, just because it’s exploited and exaggerated for rhetorical purposes doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. In fact, I think substantial portions of the Western population are traumatised—except not in the way the left would agree with.
Hence, in my estimation, people in the West are traumatised due to: divorce; widespread drug misuse; abortion; working mothers; pre-school daycare to facilitate working mothers (check out the bites and bruises); pornography; mass unasked-for demographic change and immigration; gang-based rapes due to said demographic change; terrorism due to said change; a speech regime that forbids you to criticise certain groups, even when they do wrong (a minority anti-elite); state-facilitated attacks on the European peoples and the Christian legacy so as to create disconnection from tradition; a crass media environment due to the removal of censorship; debasement due to the school system itself, the high school model being particularly destructive; and, really, I could go on.
I think these events, for many people, constitute trauma—and are, in fact, dealt with in the very ways the left and the psychotherapists like to speak about trauma; i.e. “denial”, “coping strategies”, living in a dream world where “everything’s okay really, we have a perfect family”, “reaction formation” (“You can’t say that, it’ll lead to another holocaust”), and so on. So I disagree about who is actually traumatised and why. After all, does not the left’s project amount to “pulling up the roots” so that everyone is an atomised individual who is notionally “equal”? And would not to pull the roots involve considerable trauma in the literal sense—a physical injury that leads to a troublesome scar, as with shrapnel under the skin? The first step is to acknowledge the trauma; the second, like the proverbial lion with the thorn in his paw, is to remove the cause.