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Trauma Victim Or Trauma Survivor?

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MainerMikeBrown

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If someone has been through one or more traumatic experiences in their life, such as sexual assault(s), physical assault(s), child abuse, extreme bullying, etc., many will call the person a trauma victim.

However, I've had psychotherapists tell me that if you've been through trauma in your past, you aren't a trauma victim.  Instead, you are a trauma survivor.  The thing is, the trauma didn't literally kill you because you are still here, which makes you a survivor, not a victim.

I think that's a good way to look at it.  I'd rather consider myself a trauma survivor than think of myself as a trauma victim.  The reason is because it makes me think and feel that I have more control over my life and more control over what happened to me.  If I went through the rest of my life thinking of myself as a victim, I wouldn't be doing myself any favors.

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