Components of Trauma

Regardless of its source, trauma contains three common elements:

  • It was unexpected.
  • The person was unprepared.
  • There was nothing the person could do to stop it from happening.

Simply put, traumatic events are beyond a person’s control.

It is not the event that determines whether something is traumatic to someone, but the individual’s experience of the event and the meaning they make of it.


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