Social Despair & Collective Trauma
What is Social Despair?
Social despair occurs when an individual or group loses faith in and hope for some or all aspects of their social world and feel powerless to do anything about it.
What Is Collective Trauma?
Collective trauma is a blow or tear to the basic tissue of social life that damages the bonds between people and impairs the sense of a cohesive community.
Many collective traumas have deep historical roots. These traumas have lasting and far reaching effects in individuals, family systems, and cultural institutions.
Examples of historical trauma:
There are many longstanding collective traumas, such as the history of slavery, the genocide of indigenous people, violence against women, oppression of LGBTQ people and other minority groups, and the Holocaust, to name a few. And I, and many others, believe that unhealed collective trauma will always lead to more collective trauma.