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Physical and emotional injuries are commonly called traumas (from the Gk word for “wound”). In a narrower sense, traumas are psychological wounds that manifest themselves as long-term impairments, especially after the experience of war, a catastrophe, or an accident, as well as after crimes of violence (rape, sexual abuse, including abuse within the family). If the traumatic event (after an initial period of latency) leads to obtrusive flashbacks within six months, with fear of repetition, emotional paralysis, an…

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Meyer-Blanck, Michael, “Trauma”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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